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ACRU Sues Third Texas County for Dirty Voter Rolls

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“Voters in Starr County deserve to know that their ballots won’t be canceled out by fraud.”

ALEXANDRIA, VA (March 7, 2016) —- The American Civil Rights Union (ACRU) has filed a suit in federal court in Texas against Starr County over inflated voter rolls.

In a complaint filed on Friday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern Division of Texas, McAllen Division, in Rio Grande City, the ACRU alleges that more than 107 percent of the county’s age-eligible residents are registered to vote.

The action follows ACRU-brokered settlements in two other Texas counties —- Terrell and Zavala —- to clean up voter rolls under Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (Motor Voter).

In Starr County, 30,198 people are registered even though the county has only 27.975 residents who can legally vote. This fits a pattern, according to the complaint, which notes that in 2010, Starr had 105 percent of residents registered, and 110 percent registered in 2012.

ACRU’s complaint charges Starr officials with failing to conduct proper list maintenance and failing to produce requested records and data. The suit also asks the court to potentially grant a preliminary injunction to prevent the 2016 Texas statewide election from being conducted in Starr County “using voter rolls with ineligible registrants.”

“In terms of total population, Starr has more non-citizen residents than U.S. citizens, so it is doubly important to have clean voter rolls,” said J. Christian Adams, an ACRU Policy Board member who filed the suit, along with ACRU General Counsel H. Christopher Coates, Public Interest Legal Foundation attorney Kaylan L. Phillips and Texas attorney Eric Wiesehan.

“Voters in Starr County deserve to know that their ballots won’t be canceled out by fraud.”