According to Judicial Watch, the dead are not at rest in the District of Columbia, Iowa, and Colorado. Every election day it is possible that they live again, rising to vote in various elections. We know this because their names remain on the voter rolls.
From the Washington Times:
Conservative public interest lawyers sent letters Monday giving the District of Columbia, Iowa and Colorado 90 days to prove they are taking steps to delete from their registration lists dead voters and former residents, or else face a lawsuit.
Judicial Watch said the District has more people registered to vote than the Census Bureau says would be eligible, based on age. Counties in Iowa and Colorado face the same situation — an indication, the conservative group said, that those jurisdictions need to clean up their rolls.
If it seems odd to you that a private group has to try to get state governments to do the right thing, then you are perceptive. On paper the Justice Department is supposed to actively work to make sure that elections aren’t corrupted.
But Eric Holder and his minions don’t seem interested.
The warning letters are the latest effort from conservatives to push back against an Obama administration that has largely ignored worries about voter fraud and chosen instead to focus on ballot access by cracking down on states that enact voter ID rules.
“The administration is refusing to enforce the law, and it’s leading to dirtier and dirtier elections,” said Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch. “If you’re over 100 percent of your list in terms of eligible voting-age population, that’s a pretty easy case to make.”
The Washington Post asked Tamara Robinson, a spokeswoman for the D.C. Board of Elections, about these allegations, and she insisted that they are doing their best to keep their rolls as accurate as possible.
An investigation last year by The Washington Times, however, found 13,000 people who appeared to be registered in the city and in neighboring Prince George’s County. They included people whose names showed up as having voted in recent elections in the District, even though they live in Prince George‘s.
The bottom line here is that there is plenty of opportunity for corruption in the allegedly democratic process. To assume that all the people are dutifully following the rules in their voting and in their counting of the votes is to be dangerously naïve.
As always happens, the people currently in power have additional influence to help them remain in power.