ON-Lion Letter

In November, the Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) in Plainfield, Ind., agreed to settle its federal lawsuit against the Clarke County Election Commission in Mississippi under terms that will require the Commission to start removing ineligible voters from its voter rolls.

In July, PILF sued the Commission because it has more voters on the rolls than living citizens.  The action alleged a violation of Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act, in that the Commission failed to reasonably maintain the accuracy of its voter rolls.

The agreement requires the Commission to begin identifying and removing voters who are no longer eligible to vote in Clarke County as early as April.

The plaintiff in the case is The American Civil Rights Union (ACRU), which originally notified the Commission by letter in June 2014 that its voter rolls were potentially in violation of federal law.  According to U.S. Census data and other public records, Clarke County had 12,646 registered voters, despite having a voting-age population of only 12,549. 

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports both PILF and the ACRU.

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