Since the 2016 presidential election, many different factors have been blamed for each side’s electoral shortcomings.
Hillary Clinton continues to blame anything and everything except herself for her loss: Russia, James Comey and the FBI, sexism, cable news, talk radio and incompetent campaign employees, to mention a few.
President Trump, meanwhile, has insisted was due to “millions” of people voting illegally.
In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2016
Many in the media were quick to ridicule the president for his statement. But recent findings from Judicial Watch indicate the potential for rampant voter fraud in the traditional Democratic stronghold of California.
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Eleven counties in California have more than 100 percent of their eligible voters registered to go to the polls.
According to the Washington watchdog organization, the counties are Imperial (102 percent), Lassen (102 percent), Los Angeles (112 percent), Monterey (104 percent), San Diego (138 percent), San Francisco (114 percent), San Mateo (111 percent), Santa Cruz (109 percent), Solano (111 percent), Stanislaus (102 percent) and Yolo (110 percent).
The only county that Trump won out of these was Lassen County. Hillary Clinton won the other 10 by various margins.
Such inconsistencies in voter-registration lists could have innocent explanations, ranging from the recent death of a voter to someone moving to a new district and not being removed from the voter lists in their old hometown.
However, states are required by the National Voter Registration Act, or NVRA, to conduct regular maintenance of their voter registration lists and remove ineligible or deceased voters. According to Judicial Watch, there is “strong circumstantial evidence that California municipalities are not conducting reasonable voter registration list maintenance as mandated under the NVRA.”
Judicial Watch has sent a letter to California Secretary of State Alex Padilla asking him to clean up the state’s voter registration lists. The group threatened to sue the state if officials do not do so in compliance with the NVRA.
The threat of a lawsuit comes on the heels of Padilla’s refusal to cooperate with the federal government in a nationwide investigation into voter fraud.
“California’s voting rolls are an absolute mess that undermines the very idea of clean elections,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “It is urgent that California take reasonable steps to clean up its rolls. We will sue if state officials fail to act.”
Over-registration in California counties is not, of itself, proof of rampant voter fraud or a plot to steal elections. However, the numbers do mean that the potential for voter fraud, either by people voting multiple times under different names or by illegal aliens or other ineligible voters casting ballots, is high.
In April, Judicial Watch sent similar letters to 11 states – Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina and Tennessee – which also have counties in which more voters are registered than eligible.
Judicial Watch also filed a lawsuit against Maryland on July 18 for violations of the NVRA.