Legal group warns 11 California counties: Clean up your voter registration rolls or face federal lawsuit

A Washington, D.C.-based legal and government watchdog organization has threatened to file a federal lawsuit against the state of California and 11 of its counties because it says they have more registered voters than their population warrants.

According to a press release from Judicial Watch, the group sent a notice-of-violation letter to the Golden State threatening the suit if state and county officials do not clean up their voter registration lists as mandated by the National Voter Registration Act.

The NVRA, in addition to the Help America Vote Act, mandates that states take all reasonable measures to ensure the accuracy of their voter registration lists.

The letter, sent Aug. 1, was sent on behalf of Judicial Watch California supporters and the Election Integrity Project California, Inc. The letter said Judicial Watch had obtained public information from the Election Assistance Commission’s 2016 Election Administration Voting Survey, as well as verbal accounts from various county agencies, that show 11 California counties have more registered voters than they do voting-age citizens:

— Imperial County (102 percent)

— Lassen (102 percent)

— Los Angeles (112 percent)

— Monterey (104 percent)

— San Diego (138 percent)

— San Francisco (114 percent)

— San Mateo (111 percent)

— Santa Cruz (109 percent)

— Solano (111 percent)

— Stanislaus (102 percent)

— Yolo (110 percent)

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton handily won the state of California and 10 of the 11 counties named by Judicial Watch. According to a graphic of the breakdown, Clinton received 5,289,203 votes to Trump’s 1,413,721 votes in the named counties.

Shortly after Trump won, the Clinton campaign and the “mainstream” media lamented the fact that the Democrat won the popular vote — even though Trump prevailed handily in the electoral vote, the latter of which is what decides who wins the presidency in our system. Trump countered by claiming that as many as four million people may have cast illegal ballots. Given that California is the country’s most populous state, and with high-population counties’ voter registration lists over by double digits, it’s possible that the president is onto something.

There is “strong circumstantial evidence that California municipalities are not conducting reasonable voter registration list maintenance as mandated under the NVRA,” said Judicial Watch in its notice letter to California Secretary of State Alex Padilla.

The legal group also referred California officials to a settlement agreement it has reached with the state of Ohio in which the latter agreed to update and maintain voter registration lists in accordance with the law, and to keep current lists online and available for public inspection.

“California’s voting rolls are an absolute mess that undermines the very idea of clean elections,” said Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton. “It is urgent that California take reasonable steps to clean up its rolls. We will sue if state officials fail to act.”

The organization earlier sent out notice-of-violation letters accompanied by a threat to sue 11 other states for outsized voter registration rolls that exceeded the number of voter-age citizens: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina and Tennessee.

In recent weeks studies have shown Trump’s earlier claims that voter fraud is much more widespread than Democrats have ever admitted are true. (Related: Why are liberal professors blackballing studies aimed at proving Trump’s claim of massive voter fraud?)

In addition, The National Sentinel reported that a lawsuit in Broward County, Florida, also claims that jurisdiction’s voter registration rolls contain more names than the number of citizens of voting age:

The suit was filed by the Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF), on behalf of the American Civil Rights Union, or ACRU. Logan Churchwell, the organization’s lead researcher, told Lifezette he counted “thousands” of people who were 100 or more on the country’s voter data rolls that were submitted to the federal Election Assistance Commission after the 2014 election.

Once again, Trump has been proven correct.

J.D. Heyes is a senior writer for and, as well as editor of The National Sentinel.

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