According to a new study released by the Election Integrity Project of Judicial Watch, the United States has more registered voters than actual live voters. Basing its report on 2011-2015 data produced by the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey, and data from the federal Election Assistance Commission, approximately 3.5 million more people are registered to vote than are adult citizens.

The state-by-state tally of Judicial Watch shows that 462 counties had a registration rate that surpassed 100 percent of all eligible voters. This amounts to approximately 3.5 million people. There are currently 21 states in the Union whose populations individually do not exceed that number. Some of the jurisdictions with excessive numbers of registered voters are in key metropolitan areas. In deep-blue California, there are 11 counties with more registered voters than actual voters.

Ghost voters

Of those counties, 10 of them voted for Hillary Clinton. For example, Los Angeles County showed that it had 12 percent more registered voters than live voters: 707,475 votes. Los Angeles County is the most populous county in the US, having 10 million residents. San Diego County has a registration of 138 percent over the number of live voters; in other words, it had what investigative reporter Deroy Murdock described in National Review as 810,966 “ghost voters."

"My tabulation of Judicial Watch’s state-by-state results yielded 462 counties where the registration rate exceeded 100 percent. There were 3,551,760 more people registered to vote than adult U.S. citizens who inhabit these counties," wrote Murdock.

That there could be millions of so-called “ghost voters” may be decisive in elections. Among important elections of the last 20 years, two were won by just a hair’s-breath. In 2000, for example, George W. Bush defeated Al Gore by a margin of just 538 votes. Liberal Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) defeated Republican Sen. Norm Coleman after a series of controversial recounts and ballot disqualifications by just 225 votes. There were dozens of other elections at the local, state, and federal level that were decided by 100 votes or fewer since 2000. In the case of the election of Franken, it provided fellow Democrats a filibuster-proof control of the Senate.

Also, Electoral College votes can be decided by by narrow margins. Michigan, for example, narrowly went to Trump in the 2016 election.

Ghost voters tabulated:

Colorado: 159,373

Florida: 100,782

Iowa: 31,077

Michigan: 225,235

New Hampshire: 8,211

North Carolina: 189,721

Virginia: 89,979

Percentage of voters registered as a percentage of eligible citizens in several California counties:

Imperial (102%)

Lassen (102%)

Los Angeles (112%)

Monterey (104%)

San Diego (138%)

San Francisco (114%)

San Mateo (111%)

Santa Cruz (109%)

Solano (111%)

Stanislaus (102%)

Yolo (110%).

Twelve states in violation of National Voter Registration Act

Earlier this month, Judicial Watch sent a notice-of-violation letter to the state of California and 11 of its counties and threatened to file suit in federal court if they do not purge their voter registry in accordance with the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA). Both the NVRA and the federal Help America Vote Act require state authorities to maintain accurate voter rolls. According to the letter from Judicial Watch to California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, there is “strong circumstantial evidence that California municipalities are not conducting reasonable voter registration list maintenance as mandated under the NVRA.”

In April, Judicial Watch sent similar notice-of-violation letters to 11 states having counties in which the number of registered voters exceeds the number of voting-age citizens. The states are: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina and Tennessee.  Judicial Watch is threatening to sue them.

In July, Judicial Watch filed suit against Montgomery County (Md.) and the Maryland State Boards of Elections under the NVRA in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, Baltimore Division. The director of Judicial Watch’s Election Integrity Project is senior attorney Robert Popper, who was a deputy chief of the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department.



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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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