Judicial Watch: 11 Calif. Counties Had More Registered Voters Than Were Eligible in 2016 Election

Bowen Xiao
By Bowen Xiao
August 6, 2017Politics
Judicial Watch: 11 Calif. Counties Had More Registered Voters Than Were Eligible in 2016 Election
Voters cast their ballots in the US presidential election at a fire station in Alhambra, California, on Nov. 8, 2016. (RINGO CHIU/AFP/Getty Images)

President Trump’s talk of voter fraud occurring during the 2016 election earlier this year is now starting to gain traction as new evidence emerges.

Nearly a dozen California counties had more registered voters on their voter rolls than people of voting age in their county, according to a Judicial Watch letter.

On Aug. 1 the watchdog group sent a letter to California Secretary of State Alex Padilla on behalf of the Election Integrity Project of California. In it, they threatened to sue the state if they refuse to comply with the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), which maintains the integrity of voter rolls.

According to the Judicial Watch letter, they discovered the unaccounted voters after obtaining public records from the Election Assistance Commission’s 2016 Election Administration Voting Survey and from verbal accounts from numerous county agencies.

“There were more total registered voters than there were adults over the age of 18 living in each of the following eleven counties: Imperial (102%), Lassen (102%), Los Angeles (112%), Monterey (104%), San Diego (138%), San Francisco (114%), San Mateo (111%), Santa Cruz (109%), Solano (111%), Stanislaus (102%), and Yolo (110%),” the letter reads.

The letter goes on to say that Los Angeles county officials told them the “total number of registered voters now stands at a number that is a whopping 144% of the total number of resident citizens of voting age” for that county.

In a tweet on July 1, Trump said: “Numerous states are refusing to give information to the very distinguished VOTER FRAUD PANEL. What are they trying to hide?”

Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said in a statement that California voting rolls need to be cleaned up, The Blaze reported.

“California’s voting rolls are an absolute mess that undermines the very idea of clean elections. It is urgent that California take reasonable steps to clean up its rolls,” Fitton said.

“We will sue if state officials fail to act,” he added.

According to section 8 of the NVRA, states and voting precincts must take appropriate steps to maintain the accuracy of voting rolls: including ensuring that ineligible votes are not registered and that voters who have died or moved away are removed.

Judicial Watch gave Secretary Padilla 30 days to respond to their letter and 90 days to correct the issues, or Judicial watch will litigate.

This letter was not the first that the watchdog group has threatened to sue a state for being out of regulation, according to the Blaze.

Back in the 2016 election, Trump lost California to Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton by more than 3.4 million votes.

In a tweet, the watchdog group announced their warning: “NEW: California’s voter rolls are a mess, so JW is warning the state to clean them up or face a federal lawsuit.”

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