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For all Hillary Clinton’s complaints that the votes were rigged, or that the ballot machines were interfered with in some strange unknown way by anonymous Russian bears, one of the sadder facts to come out of the post-election washing up was that Americans need to worry about their own County Clerks and State Election Departments way more than foreign interference.

It was so bad that just earlier this year West Virginia’s new Secretary of State, Mac Warner announced that in the 45 days since he took office on 16 January 2017, he had promptly sacked his Election Divisions Manager Layna Brown, along with Elections specialists Tammy Roberts and Cristie Hamilton before hauling in the County Clerks for a wee “chat”.  36,635 deceased voters have now been removed from the electoral rolls of West Virginia.  Not just the dead either, they are stripping out those who have moved address or duplicate entries.  And 36,635 is only about a third of the number Mac Warner thinks need stripped out to clean up his voters’ rolls.  That’s about 10% of the estimate voters.   Unconscionable.

Whilst we cannot prove that this sloppy administration has led to actual voter fraud any system this chaotic is open to abuse.   It needs sorted and sorted before the Mid Term Elections roll round the corner.  And it’s not just West Virginia that has been flouting the provisions of section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act..

According to Judicial Watch In Iowa in 2012, there were more people registered to vote than were living in the state in at least 24 counties up from 10 counties in 2010. In Colorado, that number increased from 10 counties in 2010 to 22 counties in 2012.  The data was compiled by comparing U.S. Census data with U.S. Election Assistance Commission information.  It is not at all clear that these “anomalies” have been cleared up.

Rather than marching in the streets Americans should be badgering their representatives at every level to ensure they do their job and make the political field even.

So how are they doing?

Judicial Watch California and Election Integrity Project California announced earlier this month they had served a notice-of-violation on the State of California and 11 of its constituent counties threatening action in the Federal Courts if they do not clean up their voter regulation lists.  These 11 counties have more registered voters than voting age adults.

Imperial (102%), Lassen (102%), Los Angeles (112%), Monterey (104%), San Diego (158%), San Francisco (114%), San Mateo (111%), Santa Cruz (109%), Solano (111%) Stanislaus (102%) and Yolo with (110%).

A further 11 states are also deemed delinquent Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina and Tennessee.

Election Integrity Project California, Inc. is a registered non-profit corporation that seeks “to preserve a government of, by, and for the people. To that end, Election Integrity Project California empowers citizen volunteers through education and training to protect the integrity of the electoral process in California”.

If you want to clean up your system give these good people your support.  Lobby your representatives if you live in these delinquent states and force them to clean up the rolls.  Its not as striking or as sexy as a demonstration but it should work a hell of a lot better.


Copyright David Macadam 2017