ACRU Warns Kentucky Counties over Voting Law Violations

“Dirty voter rolls are Step One to vote fraud,” said J. Christian Adams, American Civil Rights Union Policy board member.

WASHINGTON D.C. (Oct. 29, 2013) — The American Civil Rights Union (ACRU) has put numerous Kentucky counties on notice that they are violating 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.

In September, the ACRU entered historic consent decrees with Walthall and Jefferson Davis counties in Mississippi after suing the counties in federal district court for having more registered voters than voting-age-eligible residents, just as the Kentucky counties do. Earlier this month, the ACRU sent letters to 15 Texas counties warning them that they are violating the federal Motor Voter law.

Following the Mississippi victories, ACRU Chairman 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.”

One of the Kentucky counties, Breathitt, has been in the news over convictions last year in a drugs-for-votes scheme in Eastern Kentucky involving the former Breathitt County school superintendent and others. Over the past two years, more than 20 public officials in the area have pled guilty or been convicted in vote-buying cases.

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That same report observed that “24 million – one of every eight – active voter registrations in the United States are no longer valid or are significantly inaccurate,” and that “[m]ore than 1.8 million deceased individuals are listed as active voters.”

“Dirty voter rolls are Step One to vote fraud,” said J. Christian Adams, who is leading the ACRU’s campaign to clean up voter rolls via litigation. “Corrupted rolls invite a range of abuses including absentee ballot fraud, voter impersonation and double voting,” Adams said.

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