WASHINGTON D.C. (Oct. 30, 2013) -- The American Civil Rights Union (ACRU) has sent notices to numerous Alabama 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.
"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.
The city of Dothan, Alabama is awaiting the results of a court decision into 124 absentee ballots in an election decided by 14 votes. Last week a Tuscaloosa County Circuit Court Judge ordered 397 voters to verify they were legally registered or not coerced into voting in an election decided by 87 votes. Despite the Supreme Court victory in Shelby County, Alabama v Holder giving Alabama sovereignty over its own election laws, Attorney General Eric Holder has vowed to block any necessary reform or enforcement.
The counties in Alabama join others in 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 Alabama counties do that were put on notice today. Earlier this month, the ACRU also sent letters to 15 Texas counties and 11 Kentucky counties 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.”
For more information, go to www.defendelectionintegrity.org