Chesterfield County Registrar Larry Haake is in a legal battle after refusing to purge thousands of voter names. Before this year’s election, he and other registrars were told to erase the names of people who weren’t legally allowed to vote in Virginia. The Chesterfield County Registrar refused until after the election, claiming the list was full of errors. Two groups are now threatening legal action, and demanding he clean up the rolls. True the vote is an organization that says its goal is to protect the rights of legitimate voters and when they heard that the Chesterfield County Registrar has not complied with the State Board of Elections by purging thousands of voters from the rolls, they threatened legal action. But the Registrar says he’s the one who is protecting the voters.
Haake says he protected the rights of voters by not automatically dropping more than 2,000 names from the voter rolls.
“Anyone who just takes this list and deletes somebody because their name is on it is irresponsible and I don’t operate that way.”
But two groups, True the Vote, and The American Civil Rights Union have both put Haake on notice to clean the voter rolls, or face a court order to be forced to do so.