According to a variety of news outlets, including the Highland Community News, California’s Secretary of State, Alex Padilla, is hearing it from Judicial Watch, a non-partisan, conservative watchdog group that makes it its business to keep government officials and agencies in line by filing lawsuits on the basis of the Freedom of Information Act. In Padilla’s case, Judicial Watch has sent a letter to Padilla on behalf of the Election Integrity Project California, informing him that 11 California counties have more registered voters than they have total number of adults living in them.
Assuming what Judicial Watch alleges is, in fact, true, that would put the state at odds with Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA).
Here are a couple of key passages from the letter Judicial Watch sent to Padilla:
“NVRA Section 8 requires states to conduct reasonable list maintenance so as to maintain an accurate record of eligible voters for use in conducting federal elections.1 As you may know, Congress enacted Section 8 of the NVRA to protect the integrity of the electoral process. Allowing the names of ineligible voters to remain on the voting rolls harms the integrity of the electoral process and undermines voter confidence in the legitimacy of elections.”
“As the top election official in California, it is your responsibility under federal law to coordinate California’s statewide effort to conduct a program that reasonably ensures the lists of eligible voters are accurate.”
Judicial Watch also clarified the numbers for Padilla in the letter:
“[T]here were more total registered voters than there were adults over the age of 18 living in each of the following eleven (11) 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 also informs Padilla that the number in Los Angeles County could be as high as 144 percent.
The letter goes on to tell Padilla that he’ll be sued if he does not act to remove from the voter registration rolls those “persons who have become ineligible to vote by reason of death, change in residence, or a disqualifying criminal conviction, and to remove noncitizens who have registered to vote unlawfully.”
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large