ACRU Wins Consent Decree for Voter Roll Clean-Up in Texas
SANDERSON, TX (March 18, 2015) —- The United States District Court in Del Rio, Texas, has entered a consent decree requiring a Texas county to maintain clean voter rolls. Terrell County had more registered voters than age-eligible residents.
In the decree, signed by Judge Alia Moses, Terrell County officials agree to abide by federal law and clean the voter registration rolls of deceased persons, former residents, and otherwise ineligible voters.
“We’re very pleased,” said ACRU Chairman and CEO Susan A. Carleson. “The Left’s ‘Battleground Texas’ campaign is counting on vote fraud to ‘turn Texas blue’ and end national two-party competitiveness, but they will have a tough time if all Texas counties clean up their voter rolls.”
In the complaint filed on Jan. 27, 2014, the ACRU alleged that Terrell County was in violation of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (Motor Voter Law):
“In 2013, just after the November 2012 federal election, more than 121 percent of living citizens old enough to vote were registered to vote in Terrell County in 2013. This marked an increase from 118% in 2011.”
In September, 2013, the ACRU sent letters to Terrell and 14 other Texas counties informing them of violations. On March 27, 2014, the ACRU sued another Texas County, Zavala, for voter roll violations, alleging that Zavala has “an implausible registration rate of 105 percent.”
Both lawsuits were filed by ACRU Policy Board member J. Christian Adams, a former Justice Department (DOJ) attorney who is leading the ACRU’s litigation team, and by former DOJ Voting Section chief Christopher Coates.
“Counties that persistently have more registrants than people alive need to understand that federal law doesn’t tolerate sloppy voter rolls,” Mr. Adams said.
In 2013, the ACRU won historic victories in federal court regarding the same problem of badly kept voter rolls in two Mississippi counties —- Walthall and Jefferson Davis.