America’s voter rolls are so bloated that dozens of counties have more people registered than there are adults living there, according to two new studies released Thursday that the authors said could lead to lawsuits forcing states to clean things up. True the Vote, a Texas group that works for clean elections, counted 136 counties with voter registration rates of more than 100 percent of their adult population. Meanwhile the Public Interest Legal Foundation, a public interest law firm based in Alexandria, used a slightly different methodology and counted 141 counties. And an increasing number are mid- and large-sized ones — the kind that should have enough resources to police their voter rolls, but just aren’t getting to it, said Logan Churchwell, research director for True the Vote.
“At the end of the day you can point to the Justice Department for allowing this to go on,” Mr. Churchwell said, blaming the Obama administration for not pursuing easy cases that could have pressured jurisdictions to keep their voter rolls clean.
The National Voter Registration Act, better known as “Motor Voter” because it allows registering at motor vehicle bureaus, also requires states keep their voter rolls clean, in order to try to prevent fraudulent votes from being cast.