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Justice Department Failure: Suit Filed Over DOJ Refusal to Clean Up Voter Rolls

Two Mississippi counties have more eligible voters than residents.

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Hans A. von Spakovsky

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April 30, 2013 - 8:59 am
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The American Civil Rights Union wants local election officials to clean up voter rolls in Mississippi. Last Friday, the group filed suit against two counties that have more registered voters than the Census says they have voting-eligible citizens.

The ACRU is stepping into the breach left by the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Justice Department. Under Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez (now nominated to head the U.S. Department of Labor), the division has refused to enforce Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act, also known as the Motor Voter law. Section 8 requires states to remove ineligible voters from their registration lists.

Filing the ACRU lawsuits against Jefferson Davis County and Walthall County were three former Justice Department lawyers: Christopher Coates, Christian Adams (the legal editor of PJ Media), and Henry Ross. As the complaints outline, the U.S. Census says Jefferson Davis County has only 9,536 residents of voting age. Yet the county has 10,078 registered voters, giving it a registration rate of 105 percent. (The national average hovers at about 70 percent.)

Walthall County rolls are even more astonishing. The Census counts only 11,368 voting-age residents there, but the county boasts 14,108 registered voters — a 124 percent registration rate.

County officials don’t seem too concerned about it, though. They refused to respond to the ACRU’s request for information on what Walthall County was doing to comply with the Motor Voter requirements.  Section 8 requires states and local election officials to make “a reasonable effort to remove the names of ineligible voters” when they die or move away.

That may seem to be a commonsense requirement, but the radical wing of the civil rights community loathes the provision.

The Obama administration has not filed a single case to enforce Section 8, even though numerous counties in many states have the same disparities between voter rolls and eligible voters as these two Mississippi counties. Their voter registration lists are out-of-date because local officials are not deleting names of those who have died, moved away, or otherwise become ineligible to vote. According to a recent report on the Civil Rights Division by the Department of Justice inspector general, ten witnesses told the IG that one of Obama’s political appointees and Perez’s direct subordinates, Julie Fernandes, told Division staff that the administration was not interested in pursuing any cases under Section 8 because it did not expand voter access.

In fact, Christopher Coates, the former chief of the Voting Section at the Division, recommended at least eight states be investigated for violating Section 8. Perez ignored his recommendation.

Eventually, Coates was forced out as a career manager at the Division because of his willingness to enforce this federal law, as well as for his views supporting race-neutral enforcement of the Voting Rights Act (a view that Perez told the IG he does not share). In Perez’s opinion, Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act does not protect white voters from racial discrimination. Coates’s co-counsel, Christian Adams, resigned over the dismissal of the New Black Panther Party voter intimidation case and the misrepresentations made about the dismissal by the Justice Department.

The Mississippi cases are important. The Motor Voter law has been in force since 1993, and Section 8 has almost never been enforced despite the dangers posed to the integrity of the election process by inaccurate and unreliable voter registration lists. Not a single Section 8 case was filed during the Clinton administration. The Bush administration filed the first such case in 2005, and reaped harsh criticism for trying to enforce the law.

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I moved here to Mississippi about two years ago, and while I've always been interested in politics I had NEVER voted in my life. Attempted to in the RGV of Texas but apparently I went to the wrong polling center.
This time (2012) I was prepared and when I arrived at the polling area, I offered up my ID as proof of identity/ The very nice lady didn't know how to respond until someone else offered up that it (my ID) was not necessary. I was pissed. I didn't say anything but voted (for Romney) and went my way. But I thought and still do that third world countries have better and stronger voter requirements than "the leader of the free world". What a shame.
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There is no question but that the election was rigged, big time. This was the crime of the century. Consider all the things Romney had going for him in '12 that McCain did not in '08:

McCain: Outspent at least two-to-one by Obama.
Romney: Had comparable financial resources.

McCain: Widely perceived as a "warmonger" by a war-weary public.
Romney: Went out of his way NOT to be perceived as a "warmonger".

McCain: Had no organization comparable to the Tea Party backing him...the same Tea Party that bludgeoned the Democrats only two years earlier.

Romney: Though not a Tea Party favorite during the primaries, once he had the nomination, they closed ranks SOLIDLY behind him, and I saw this first hand.

McCain: Had a demonstrabely poor understanding of economic issues, highlighted by the financial crisis.

Romney: Ran circles around Obama during the debates on the same issues, polls clearly showed voters trusted Romney more on these issue than they did Obama, and exit polling showed that jobs/economy was the #1 issue for voters.

Consider also that the presidential debates were the most watched of any in history; the voting publlic WAS ENGAGED.

Take all of the above into account....and then consider:

- Official figures showed voter turnout was less not only than 2008, but even 2004...even though there were 18 million MORE registered voters than four years earlier.

- Obama "won" with slightly less votes than McCain got in '08...and Romney allegedly got two and a half million LESS votes than McCain did in '08. Obama is the first president in history to supposedly win re-election with fewer votes than he got for his first term.

THIS DOES NOT COMPUTE, PEOPLE!

I'm glad groups llike the ACRU are out there fighting...I got a mailing from them and sent them a check myself. I'd recommend that everyone support what they are doing.
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"Romney: Though not a Tea Party favorite during the primaries, once he had the nomination, they closed ranks SOLIDLY behind him, and I saw this first hand."

Not so. Lots of Conservatives, like me, refused to vote for, campaign for, or donate to, Romney. I loathe him.

Romney lost, partly because he failed entirely to reach out to minorities. He ceded these entire groups to Obama. He also did poorly with women.

There was fraud, sure, but mostly, Romney lost, because he was yet another RINO in a year when it should have been a Conservative. Because Moderates wouldn't let us have our turn, lots of us stayed home.
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I'm convinced Mit Romney won the presidential race. Fraud has been reported in just about every district in every state of the union. Our elections process is a joke and now rates with banana republics.

Races like the one that put Al Frankin or all people into congress were stolen right before our eyes and NOTHING was done about it! Our country is gone, done! And there is nowhere else to run to. The planet officially belongs to THEM!
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Democrat Party election policy: Always cheat, always win.
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Citizen groups forming all over the US, trying to correct what over-paid congressmen are elected to fix. A president who plays golf in several of the 57 states more than he
governs. A first family who takes vacations that cost a fortune while children are hungry. Tea Partiers vilified by both parties for trying to insert some ethics into the federal system. And I want the moon to start rising in the west.
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The DOJ is Black.......and they are morally corrupt.
Don't expect them not to be. When that's understood, we'll all be better off.

No different than Kissinger's "RealPolitik" philosophy.
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"Vote early and vote often" has been the Democratic mantra since Al Capone. Why are we so suprised?

I agree with Chuy about third world countries, I have been to quite a few and yes, they tend to be very stringent with Voter ID. Shame on us.
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Someone needs to look at Wilkinson County, MS as well.
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Does the group have standing to file the suit?

Good for them for trying to secure our votes, but I'm pretty sure they are in for some head winds. It is in the best interest of the cheaters to have the current system.
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I moved here to Mississippi about two years ago, and while I've always been interested in politics I had NEVER voted in my life. Attempted to in the RGV of Texas but apparently I went to the wrong polling center.
This time (2012) I was prepared and when I arrived at the polling area, I offered up my ID as proof of identity/ The very nice lady didn't know how to respond until someone else offered up that it (my ID) was not necessary. I was pissed. I didn't say anything but voted (for Romney) and went my way. But I thought and still do that third world countries have better and stronger voter requirements than "the leader of the free world". What a shame.
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I seem to remember there being counties in PA. that had zero republican votes which would suggest there is more going on then just too many registered voters
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Correct, which is a statistical impossibility without fraud.
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