The state of California has sent notices to as many as 1.5 million inactive voters that they may be dropped from registration lists if they don’t respond or vote.
It’s the latest step required by a lawsuit settlement with Judicial Watch over fraudulent voter lists that include many who are not eligible to vote and may not even be alive.
WND reported in January when the state of California and Los Angeles County agreed to comply with the National Voter Registration Act.
The law includes a requirement that inactive names be removed from voter rolls.
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said when the lawsuit settlement was announced that the result “vindicates Judicial Watch’s groundbreaking lawsuits to clean up state voter rolls to help ensure cleaner elections.”
He said the plan is to clean up the election rolls and “set a nationwide precedent to ensure that states take reasonable steps to ensure that dead and other ineligible voters are removed from the rolls.”
Los Angeles County has more than 10 million residents, and California has some 40 million.
Its case, filed in 2017, alleged Los Angeles County has more registrations on its voter rolls than it has citizens who are old enough to register.
“Specifically, according to data provided to and published by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, Los Angeles County has a registration rate of 112 percent of its adult citizen population,” Judicial Watch noted.
For California, the rate is about 101 percent.
“Eleven of California’s 58 counties have registration rates exceeding 100 percent of the age-eligible citizenry,” the complaint alleged.
Neither the state nor the county had been following the registration-law requirements for at least 20 years.
Judicial Watch also has been active on the issue in North Carolina, Alabama and Georgia.
The watchdog organization said the mailing “is a step toward removing the names of voters who have moved, died, or are otherwise ineligible to vote.”
The original lawsuit, Judicial Watch, Inc., et al. v. Dean C. Logan, et al., was filed on behalf of Wolfgang Kupka, Rhue Guyant, Jerry Griffin and Delores M. Mars, who are lawfully registered voters in Los Angeles County.
Judicial Watch said the settlement also requires the office of the secretary of state to send a written advisory to all county clerks/registrars of voters in California stating that current federal law requires the cancellation of a registrant who has failed to respond to an official notice and who then fails to vote, offers to vote, correct the registrar’s record “or otherwise have their eligibility to vote confirmed for a period of time including the next two general federal elections.”
“This Judicial Watch settlement will result in the immediate and ongoing clean-up of voter rolls in California and LA County,” said Fitton. “This victory for clean elections in California will set another national precedent for other states to take reasonable steps to ensure that dead and other ineligible voters are removed from the rolls.”