8 Texas counties list more voters than residents

From Watchdog.org, By  September 2, 2015 –

No law prevents localities from having more registered voters than voting-age residents, and eight Texas counties do.

Now a vote-watch group accuses the counties of violating the National Voting Rights Act by failing to purge dead, duplicate and ineligible voters.

Watchdog.org photo FIGHTING INFLATION: True the Vote’s Catherine Engelbrecht threatens legal action if counties don’t purge their bloated voter-registration rolls

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FIGHTING INFLATION: True the Vote’s Catherine Engelbrecht threatens legal action if counties don’t purge their bloated voter-registration rolls

“We are deeply concerned (that) voter rolls contain substantial numbers of ineligible voters,” True the Vote founder Catherine Engelbrecht stated in a letter to the eight Texas counties.

The counties — Loving, Brooks, McMullen, Roberts, Irion, Jim Hogg, Culberson and Polk — list a combined 52,298 registered voters.

But the latest U.S. Census data show only 49,457 voting-age residents in those counties.

County officials told Watchdog.org they are reviewing their voter lists in response to TTV’s threat of legal action.

Mary Slavin, deputy clerk of rural Roberts County, said she was perplexed by the findings. “We’re a small county. When someone dies, I know it as quick as the family knows, and remove that person (from the voter rolls) as soon as I can,” she said.

TTV spokesman Logan Churchwell said some of the bloating of voter rolls could be due to simple clerical errors. “Duplicate registrations occur when there are slight differences in names — such as ‘McDougle’ versus ‘Mc Dougle,’” he noted.

Churchwell also blames “imperfect” federal law for inflating voter rolls. For example, voters who skip two election cycles over four years remain on active status, as long as verification letters sent by election offices do not bounce back. The law assumes the registration is still valid, without positive verification. Churchwell said the recent nullification of Texas’ photo ID law opens the door for mischief on Election Day.

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True the Vote has given the counties 90 days to produce correct registration data or face legal action.

The Democratic Party, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and other “progressive” groups have countered TTV’s efforts.

“NVRA does not require the number of registered voters in a county to be below a specific threshold,” the groups note.

But True the Vote says where there’s smoke, fire is nearby. A 2012 court challenge by TTV prompted Indiana’s legislature to pass tighter list maintenance laws.

Except for Polk County near Houston, the other seven Texas counties identified by True the Vote have stagnant or declining populations.

Loving County, the smallest county in the United States, lists 106 registered voters, but just 69 voting-age residents. That’s a 154 percent registration rate, the highest in the state, according to TTV figures.

Section 8 of the Voting Rights Act requires every county to publicly disclose “all records concerning the implementation of programs and activities conducted for the purpose of ensuring the accuracy and currency of official lists of eligible voters.”

“Counties need to adopt the idea that they own their own data,” Churchwell said. “If there’s better data (than TTV has), then bring it.”

The Texas Secretary of State’s office, which was conducting a training session for county election officials this week in Austin, declined to comment.

Kenric Ward writes for the Texas Bureau of Watchdog.org. Contact him at kward@watchdog.org.


Kenric Ward is a veteran journalist who has worked on three Pulitzer Prize-winning newspapers. A California native, he received a BA from UCLA (Political Science/Phi Beta Kappa) and holds an MBA. He reported and edited at the San Jose Mercury News and the Las Vegas Sun before joining Watchdog.org in 2012 as Virginia Bureau Chief.

One response

  1. Senator_Blutarsky

    Imagine that….VOTE FRAUD…..an american tradition since even before LBJ

    here is a snip of a lengthy electoral article linked below-

    “On Nov. 28, 2009 I was perusing the White House website looking for a nonspecific piece of information that should have been there. Instead of finding what I was looking for, I found the 2008 FEC election report instead. It was Obama’s way of insolently telling Taitz that the authority he possessed came from winning the Election of 2008. The only problem with the document he posted, which was compiled by the Bush-43 FEC, was that it was completely accurate. The FEC document acknowledged there were 169 million registered voters in the United States. In 2008, the Bush-43 FEC reported that 56.9% of those registered voters voted. Interestingly, the document posted on whitehouse.gov had a hole in it. A literal hole. Artfully removed. The space where the number of registered voters who voted was conspicuously void. Someone neatly cut the number out of that space. That, of course, forced me to go look up the original form on the FEC website. In 2008, 95,992,000 registered voters voted in the presidential election. The problem is there were 132,618,580 ballots in the ballot box, or 35,626,580 too many votes.

    In 2012, 57.7% of the registered voters—or 90,682,968 Americans— delivered 126,985,809 votes. There were 36,299,841 more votes than voters. In 2008 not one media source reported that there were 35,626,580 more votes than voters. Not one media pundit noted that Sen. John McCain won the Election of 2008, but was denied the White House. In 2012, Gov. Mitt Romney won the election, but not one media pundit took the time to compare the number of voters with the number of votes cast. They agreed with the left who claimed it would be impossible for any presidential candidate, Democrat or Republican, to steal enough votes to impact the outcome of the election. The pundits noted, without comment, only that Obama won and that, by itself, regardless how he got those votes, gave him a mandate to force his social progressive agenda on the American people. No one compared voters with votes, nor that the Democrats stole the election using rigged electronic voting machines and, in doing so, defrauded John McCain in 2008, just as they denied Romney the prize he had honestly won in 2012. ”


    Election fraud…..its the American way !

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