By Tom Tillison
Orange County has been named as one of seven Florida counties that may be disenfranchising eligible voters by failing to purge names from voter rolls.
A charge that could result in a lawsuit being filed against the county.
The Public Interest Legal Foundation, an election integrity group based in Indiana, has identified 37 counties in six different states “that have either more registered voters than eligible citizens, or a number of registrants that is implausibly high,” according to The Washington Free Beacon.
“Voter rolls across America contain substantial numbers of ineligible voters, resulting in the possible disenfranchisement of legally eligible voters via ballot dilution that threatens to taint the integrity of the election process,” the firm said in a letter sent to the counties.
The letter notes that the failure to purge names from voter rolls is a violation of the National Voter Registration Act.
“Based on our comparison of publicly available information published by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Federal Election Assistance Commission, your county is failing to comply with Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA),” the letter says. “Federal law requires election officials to conduct a reasonable effort to maintain voter registration lists free of dead voters, ineligible voters and voters that have moved away.”
“In short, your county has an implausible number of registered voters compared to the number of eligible living citizens.”
The other six counties in Florida on the receiving end of a letter are: Broward, Clay, Flagler, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Santa Rosa.
The foundation is calling on the counties to “work quickly toward compliance… If not, a lawsuit under the NVRA may be filed.”
Similar letters were sent in August to 141 counties across 21 states, and the Public Interest Legal Foundation has since filed litigation against two of those counties, the Free Beacon reported.