True The Vote (TTV), a nonpartisan election integrity organization, today reported that 26 Illinois counties have been notified they may be in violation of Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), mandating that ineligible voters be kept off current rolls after a citizen study.
La Salle, Pulaski, Alexander, Massac, Mercer, Clinton, Wabash, Rock Island, Ogle, Hardin, Richland, Marion, Union, Cumberland, Jefferson, Crawford, Stark, DeWitt, Adams, Clark, White, Bureau, Jasper, Jersey, Menard and Piatt Counties received notifications.
“Recent reports have shown there are more than 24,000,000 invalid voter registrations nationwide; it is the responsibility of the counties and states to ensure that the citizenry’s votes are protected,” True The Vote President Catherine Engelbrecht said. “It’s simply unacceptable for any county to have more voters on its rolls than people who are alive and eligible to vote. Failing to maintain accurate voter registration records is a flagrant violation of Section 8 in the NVRA.”
True The Vote initially noticed irregularities in each county’s voter registration records after comparing 2010 Census Data with The Election Assistance Commission’s June 2011 report to Congress, titled “Impact of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 on the Administration of Elections for Federal Office 2009-2010.” As of now, current records show 26 counties in Illinois holding over 100 percent voter registration on its most current records available.
True The Vote gave the notices according to Section 8 the 1993 National Voter Registration Act. Federal law requires local electoral boards to regularly conduct list maintenance insuring that dead, ineligible and former residents are kept off current rolls. The NVRA allows for private parties to seek legal options to verify that lists are kept up to date.
True The Vote, together with Judicial Watch, recently brought similar action against the State of Indiana for failing to conduct list maintenance or produce records, disabling citizens from verifying current voter registration lists.
“Americans have an immediate opportunity to help protect their voice on Election Day” Engelbrecht said. We encourage all residents of Illinois to immediately contact their local electoral authorities to ask why their voter rolls aren’t being maintained.”