“Wake County isn’t using all of the tools available to keep clean voter rolls. Wake County could do more to ensure election integrity this November.”
Another county with more registered voters than eligible voting-age citizens:
“Defendant has violated and continue[s] to violate Section 8 [of the National Voter Registration Act] by failing to conduct reasonable voter list maintenance for elections for federal office and by failing to produce records and data related to those efforts, as required by Section 8,” the lawsuit states. “Plaintiff seeks injunctive relief commanding Defendant to permit inspections of election records.
“Plaintiff also seeks a declaratory judgment and injunctive relief requiring Defendant to conduct and execute reasonable voter list maintenance programs in compliance with federal law to ensure that only eligible voters are registered to vote in Wake County.”
Florida’s second-largest county has more registered voters than voting-eligible adults, a “phantom voter” problem that “has persisted over several election cycles” in Broward County.
“Corrupted voter rolls are the first step to vote fraud. Broward’s Supervisor of Elections, Dr. Brenda Snipes, is not using all of the tools available to keep Florida elections clean,” says Susan A. Carleson, Chairman and CEO of the American Civil Rights Union, which is suing the county supervisor to remove non-citizens and other ineligible registrants from the rolls prior to the November 2016 election – action that falls to private parties when local election officials fail to comply with federal voter roll maintenance requirements and the Department of Justice fails to enforce them.
Joseph Vanderhulft, a litigation counsel for the Public Interest Legal Foundation, said it is not clear whether the numbers in Broward are due to fraud or merely sloppiness.
“Our point is that regardless of what it is … we have a problem with the numbers,” he said. “The National Voter Registration Act gives independent authority to try to get it straightened out.”