Group threatens suit over McHenry County voter registrations
McHenry County is among 24 Illinois counties that don't have enough voting-age residents to match their number of registered voters, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates cited by Judicial Watch, which sent Illinois a notice-of-violation letter recently.
The transparency organization sent similar letters to 10 others states as well, following a review of Election Assistance Commission (EAC) voter registration data and U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey data on voting-age citizens in state counties.
Under the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) and the Help America Vote Act, states must maintain accurate voting rolls. They must implement a program that ensures that voters who have died, changed their residence, or been convicted of a disqualifying crime are removed from the rolls and prevent non-citizens from registering or voting.
In its notice-of-violation letter, Judicial Watch gave Illinois 90 days to reply with documentation showing that the issue has been addressed or face a lawsuit.
“Dirty election rolls can mean dirty elections,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said. “These 11 states face possible Judicial Watch lawsuits unless they follow the law and take reasonable steps to clean up their voting rolls of dead, moved, and non-citizen voters.”