Monday, June 11, 2012

Indiana Election Officials Sued Over Bloated Voter Registration Rolls; Twelve Indiana Counties Are At More Than 100% Voter Registration

Earlier this month, I wrote that 90% of Hoosier adults are registered to vote.  I suggested that figure is absurd and shows Indiana's voter registration rolls are horribly inflated with the names of people who have died or who have moved and are registered at multiple addresses.  (The more "dead" names on voter registration rolls, the easier voter fraud becomes.  It also highlights the importance of a photo ID requirement to vote rather than simply signing one's name.)  I figured at the time there had to be several counties with more than 100% registration.

My suspicious were proved correct.  The Associated Press reports on a lawsuit filed against state election officials for failure to clean up the voter registration rolls:
A national public interest group has filed a lawsuit against Indiana election officials accusing the state of failing to maintain clean voter registration lists as required by the National Voter Registration Act.
Washington, D.C.-based Judicial Watch says an analysis of data for the November 2010 general election shows 12 counties (Scott, Spencer, Crawford, Warrick, Tipton, Franklin, Warren, Union, Orange, Brown, Hancock and Newton counties) had more people listed on rolls than were eligible to vote....
Indiana in 2006 reached an agreement with the Justice Department to purge voter rolls of those who had died or were listed more than once after an investigation found hundreds of thousands of ineligible voters on its lists.

The irony is that the 1993 National Voter Registration Act ("Motor Voter" Law) made it very difficult to purge voters for not voting.  While making it much more difficult and expensive to clean up voter registration rolls, the federal government also penalizes states if they fail to keep the voter registration rolls clean.


artfuggins said...

The only proven voter fraud that I am aware of involved live Republicans. Should we purge live Republicans??

TMLutas said...

The Social Security Administration maintains a list of everybody who dies. I've checked and the state of Indiana does not subscribe to the list. This is about $3k per year give or take. Cross checking with jury surveys for people who claim that they are not citizens yet are registered to vote would not be very expensive either.