(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced that eight Iowa counties have more voter registrations than their eligible voting-age population. According to Judicial Watch’s analysis of data released by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) in 2019 and the most recent U.S. Census Bureau’s five-year American Community Survey, eight Iowa counties are on the list of 378 counties nationwide that have more voter registrations than citizens living there who are old enough to vote, i.e., counties where registration rates exceed 100%. These 378 counties combined had about 2.5 million registrations over the 100%-registered mark. In Iowa, there are at least 18,658 “extra names” on the voting rolls in the eight counties at issue.
Under the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA), Judicial Watch sent notice-of-violation letters to 19 large counties in five states (California, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Virginia, and Colorado) that it intends to sue unless the jurisdictions take steps to comply with the law and remove ineligible voter registrations. Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act requires jurisdictions to take reasonable efforts to remove ineligible registrations from its rolls.
This is far from the first time Judicial Watch has uncovered violations of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993.
In 2017, Deroy Murdoch found at least 3.5 million more people registered to vote in the U.S. than there are living America’s adult citizens. Funny that… Hillary carried the popular vote by exactly that amount in 2016.
In 2018, Judicial Watch’s Election Integrity Project confirmed that there are at least 3.5 million more people registered to vote in the U.S. than there are living American adult citizens.
In June of 2019, Judicial Watch went to court against LA County and forced them to send notices to as many as 1.5 million inactive voters that are still on the county’s voter rolls.
It was the first step in removing their names from those rolls and eliminating that avenue of voter fraud.
That’s a massive number for a single county.
In August of 2019, Judicial Watch won a court case enforcing voter registration laws in Maryland.
The court ruling comes in the Judicial Watch lawsuit filed July 18, 2017, against Montgomery County and the Maryland State Boards of Elections under the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA).
.@TomFitton: “After our successful efforts to bring KY, CA, OH & IN into compliance w/Natl Voter Registration Act, it’s time for MD politicians to stop the politics, see the light, get right with the law & clean up the State’s voter rolls.”
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— Judicial Watch ? (@JudicialWatch) August 24, 2019
Again, at issue was the provision in the NVRA that requires states to take reasonable steps to clean up its voting rolls and to make documents about its voter list maintenance practices available to anyone who asks.
Judicial Watch’s success in the courts stands as solid evidence that there’s a problem that needs to be addressed.
And that raises the question, Why the eff is Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate denying JW’s claim that eight of the states counties voter registration logs need to be updated?
(We are Iowa) Pate’s office says the information reported by Judicial Watch is false, adding that the organization’s figures on Iowa’s population are “greatly underestimated”, according to U.S. Census data.
A D.C.-based organization made false claims today regarding voter registration information in eight Iowa counties. Official data compiled by the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office, as well as the @uscensusbureau shows this information is false. https://t.co/eq8ew0BV1I pic.twitter.com/GNwVV5taIr
— Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate (@IowaSOS) February 3, 2020
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton immediately refuted Pate’s statement using the data Pate claimed would disprove his claims:
It is shameful that the secretary state of Iowa would mislead Iowans and Americans about the accuracy of the state’s registration rolls.
Judicial Watch’s analysis of Iowa’s state registration rolls is based on official voter registration data provided by Iowa to the federal Election Assistance Commission (EAC) for publication in 2019. Data concerning such registrations must be reported to the EAC by law under federal regulation 11 C.F.R. § 9428.7.
Based on this federal data, Judicial Watch found eight counties with registration rates over 100% of the voting age population. The next reliable report on Iowa’s registration rolls won’t occur until after the November election, as the EAC’s next report will be released in 2021.
The Iowa secretary of state’s release of interim voter registration data further confirms our concerns and shows that five of the eight counties we listed are still over 100%. Nearly three dozen counties have a registration rate over 95% of the voter age population, which is extraordinarily high. Our data has proven to be a strong indicator of voter registration issues and a basis for further inquiry. Based on lawsuits alleging the same voter registration issues, Judicial Watch has obtained three statewide settlement agreements, including a consent decree in the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 2018 and a settlement with Los Angeles County and the State of California in 2019.
California last year began the process of removing up to 1.5 million “inactive” names from Los Angeles County voter rolls. Kentucky also began a cleanup of up to 150,000 names last year. In 2018, the Supreme Court upheld a voter roll clean up in Ohio that resulted from a Judicial Watch settlement. A federal court ordered the State of Maryland to produce voter list data for its largest county based on the work of Judicial Watch. Our approach has survived federal court scrutiny in four states.
Iowa’s Secretary of State and local officials need to clean up the election rolls and reassure voters that the state’s election process is being administered in compliance with federal law and common sense.