By Jon Dougherty
(NationalSentinel) Well outside of the limelight of media scrutiny, watchdog legal organization Judicial Watch has been quietly filing lawsuits in an attempt to force states and local jurisdictions to comply with federal rules requiring them to keep updated voter registration rolls.
While the Trump Justice Department has joined in some cases, Judicial Watch, by far, has done most of the heavy lifting, and the organization scored another victory for voter integrity this week.
In a Monday announcement, JW said that Kentucky is now set to remove 250,000 inactive voters from registration voter rolls, a major victory as the group seeks to clean up as many of them ahead of the 2020 elections as possible.
In addition to Kentucky, Judicial Watch recently scored another major victory in getting voter registration rolls cleaned up in California:
Judicial Watch announced today that in June Kentucky mailed address confirmation notices to 250,000 voters who are believed to have moved, thanks to a consent judgment agreed to by the Commonwealth. These registrations are probably outdated and will be cancelled if the voters fail to vote in future elections or to confirm their current addresses.
The Judicial Watch victory in Kentucky is in addition to the Judicial Watch victory in California, where up to 1.6 million inactive names are set to be removed from voter registration rolls in Los Angeles County.
In the consent judgment, Kentucky acknowledges that the state is not in compliance with the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA): “[T]he practices currently in place in Kentucky do not comply with the NVRA’s requirement that states conduct a general voter registration list maintenance program that makes a reasonable effort to remove ineligible persons from the voter rolls due to a change in residence outside of the jurisdiction …”
Part of the consent judgment includes a provision requiring the Kentucky State Board of Elections to proceed with a canvass mailing “to identify registrants through mail returned as undeliverable who may have unreported moves since 2009.”
Voters who don’t respond to the notices sent by the state and who don’t vote in the next two federal elections must be removed from the voting rolls.
“Despite the consent judgment being signed a year ago, Democrat Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes’s office has been accused of improperly delaying the processing of previous mailings through 2018, delaying the final clean up of Kentucky’s voting rolls by at least two years,” JW said in its statement.
“Thanks to Judicial Watch, Kentucky is taking action to begin the removal of up to 250,000 voters from its lists of registered voters, which will help ensure cleaner elections in the Bluegrass State,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.
“This is another major victory for cleaner elections, especially following Los Angeles County’s agreement with Judicial Watch to begin the process of removing as many as 1.6 million inactive voters. Dirty voting rolls can mean dirty elections, so it is essential that dead and long-gone voters be removed from voter registration lists,” he added.
Judicial Watch noted further that the California secretary of state has instructed California counties to clean up their voter registration lists in compliance with the NVRA.
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