■ By Jason Miller / Contributed
On Friday, Jan. 4, the state of California settled a lawsuit with the Election Integrity Project.
In the lawsuit, which was filed in August of 2017 with EIPCa as a primary plaintiff, they (EIPCA) alleged that the defendants (State of California) were not following the requirements of Section 8 of the 1993 National Voter Registration Act (NVRA). The NVRA requires states to reasonably maintain state and county voter registration rolls.
According to EIPCa, “since the Clinton administration, the U.S. Department of Justice has given California a pass on following the NVRA voter roll maintenance mandate.” The result was that California has not been held accountable for its failure to maintain voter lists for over 20 years.
One county that was highlighted in the lawsuit was Los Angeles County; the settlement requires Dean Logan, the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, to immediately begin to follow federal mandates for identifying and removing deceased, moved and other ineligible registrants.
According to EIPCa, there are as many as 1.5 million inactive registrants on LA Counties voter rolls alone. Other counties that are also not in compliance with the NVRA include Imperial, Lassen, Monterey, San Diego, San Francisco, San Imperial, Santa Cruz, Solano, Stanislaus, and Yolo.
The settlement also requires Alex Padilla, California’s Secretary of State, to see that similar actions are taken by each county registrar throughout the state of California; which means that Mr. Padilla is required to make regular reports of their corrective actions and results. Progress and compliance of the aforementioned settlement will be subject to enforcement by a federal judge and validated by EIPCa researchers.
In a press release sent to the media, EIPCa president, Linda Paine, said, “This mandate to follow federal law and properly maintain the voter rolls is a critically important win for the citizens of California and the country.”
“It will make vote fraud more difficult to commit.”