ACRU Warns More Mississippi Counties

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“If they don’t clean up their rolls, they risk litigation.” —- ACRU Chairman Susan A. Carleson.

WASHINGTON D.C. (June 16, 2014) —- The American Civil Rights Union (ACRU) has sent notices to five more Mississippi counties that they are in violation of Section 8 of the National Voter Registration (“Motor Voter”) Act. The counties have more registered voters than voting age-eligible residents, according to official data from the U.S. Census and state voter registration offices.

The letters were sent on June 10 to officials in Clarke, Humphreys, LeFlore, Madison and Noxubee counties.

“Voter rolls across America have been discovered that contain substantial numbers of ineligible voters, resulting in the possible disenfranchisement of legally eligible voters via ballot dilution that threatens to subvert the nation’s electoral process,” the letter states.

“Based on our comparison of publicly available information published by the U.S. Census Bureau and the federal Election Assistance Commission, your county is failing to comply with Section 8 of the NVRA. Federal law requires election officials to conduct a reasonable effort to maintain voter registration lists free of dead voters, ineligible voters and voters who have moved away; In short, your county has significantly more voters on the registration rolls than it has eligible live voters.”

The counties join others in Alabama, Mississippi, Texas and Kentucky targeted by the ACRU for violating federal law that requires election officials to maintain accurate voter registration lists.

The ACRU has entered historic consent decrees with Walthall and Jefferson Davis counties in Mississippi after suing them in federal district court for having more voters registered than voting-age-eligible residents living in each county — just as the Mississippi counties do that were put on notice on June 10. In October 2013, the ACRU also sent letters to 15 Texas counties, 11 Kentucky counties and some in Alabama warning them that, based on official federal government data, they are violating federal law under the requirements of the Motor Voter Act.

Following the Mississippi consent decree victories, ACRU President Susan A. Carleson observed: “Across the country, hundreds of other counties have more registered voters than people alive. If they don’t clean up their rolls, they risk litigation. Every time an illegal voter casts a ballot, it steals someone else’s legal vote. The goal is to ensure the integrity of the voting process, without which we cannot continue as a self-governing nation.”

The Pew Research Center on the States released a staggering report in 2012 that found millions of ineligible voters were registered to vote during the presidential election that year, noting that “[a]pproximately 2.75 million people have active registrations in more than one state.” The same report observed that “24 million —- one of every eight —- active voter registrations in the United States are no longer valid or are significantly inaccurate,” and that “[m]ore than 1.8 million deceased individuals are listed as active voters.”

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