Jersey County accused of 'dirty' voter rolls
Jersey County is one of 24 Illinois counties that have more registered voters than citizens of voting age, a conservative watchdog group said in a notice-of-violation letter to the state recently.
Judicial Watch also warned 10 other states along with Illinois that it will consider filing lawsuits against any states that don't make necessary corrections to their voter logs. The states were given 90 days to comply with Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) and provide documentation that they have addressed the problem.
States are required to make reasonable efforts to remove ineligible voters from the rolls. In some cases, the voter has died or moved, but the state has not taken the name off the official lists. The state is also required to remove non-citizens from the voter rolls.
“Dirty election rolls can mean dirty elections,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said. “These 11 states face possible Judicial Watch lawsuits unless they follow the law and take reasonable steps to clean up their voting rolls of dead, moved and non-citizen voters.”
In addition to Jersey County, Judicial Watch identified violations in Alexander, Bureau, Cass, Clark, Crawford, DuPage, Franklin, Grundy, Hardin, Henderson, Jefferson, Massac, McHenry, Mercer, Monroe, Pulaski, Rock Island, Sangamon, Scott, Union, Wabash, Washington and White counties.
Judicial Watch based its letter on a review of data from the 2014 Election Assistance Commission (EAC), 2011-2015 U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey and November 2014 voter registration records in Illinois.
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