Calif. Pledges to Purge 1.5 Million Inactive Voters after Judicial Watch Settlement

Los Angeles County currently has 112 percent of its adult population registered to vote…

Texas Democratic Party Sends Voter Applications to Noncitizens 1(Lionel Parrott, Liberty Headlines) The State of California and Los Angeles County will begin the process of purging as many as 1.5 million inactive voters from the rolls as part of a settlement agreement with Judicial Watch, according to a press release from that organization.

Judicial Watch sued California and the county in 2017 to get them to clean up their extremely outdated voter rolls. In this effort, they were joined by the California chapter of the Election Integrity Project. Bloated voter rolls are seen by many as a recipe for fraud.

In the lawsuit, Judicial Watch alleged that over 1.5 million voters were potentially ineligible to vote, and that the registration records contained the names of thousands of individuals who had either left the state or had died.

According to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, the residents of Los Angeles County appear to be a civic-minded people, with 112 percent of its adult citizens being registered to vote. This is much greater than the registration rate for adult citizens in the state as a whole, which recorded a more modest but still eyebrow-raising rate of 101 percent.

These numbers are perhaps not surprising considering that neither the county nor the state has removed inactive voters in over two decades, a clear violation of the national “Motor Voter” law that Democrats passed in 1993.


The settlement agreement will require that all 1.5 million potentially ineligible registrants be notified of their lapsed voter status and be asked to respond. Failure to respond will mean the removal of that person’s name from the registered voter list.

The State of California has also agreed to remind every county in the state that they are required to follow the law and remove inactive voters periodically.

“This settlement vindicates Judicial Watch’s groundbreaking lawsuits to clean up state voter rolls to help ensure cleaner elections,” said Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch.

“Judicial Watch and its clients are thrilled with this historic settlement that will clean up elections rolls in Los Angeles County and California—and set a nationwide precedent to ensure that states take reasonable steps to ensure that dead and other ineligible voters are removed from the rolls.”