Federal Lawsuit: Over 2,500 Deceased People Registered to Vote in Detroit
Lawsuit filed by The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF)
A federal lawsuit has revealed more than 2,500 dead Americans remain on the voter rolls in Detroit, Michigan, according to reports.
A lawsuit was filed by The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) this week against the city of Detroit for allegedly failing to maintain their voter rolls.
The lawsuit also alleges that the city has kept more than 2,500 dead Americans aged 85 and older on the rolls.
After the voter data was obtained from the state of Michigan earlier this year, PILF revealed that a number of registered voters were either “impossibly old” or “disqualifying young” date of births.
According to one case, PILF researchers found that a registered voter stated they had been born in the year 1823.
Additionally, PILF alleges that Detroit’s voter registration rate as of 2016 for the citizen voting-age population is currently at 106 percent, which indicates voters on the rolls than those who even live in the city.
PILF also states that Detroit has around 4,788 registered voters who have been flagged as likely to have registered to vote twice or even three times.
A further 16,500 registered voters allegedly do not have dates when they actually registered to vote.
J. Christian Adams, the PILF President, said in a statement:
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The City of Detroit is failing to perform some of the most basic functions owed to its citizenry.
The city government’s nonchalant attitude toward addressing evidence of dead and duplicate registrations exposes yet another vulnerability in our voting systems as our nation works to improve election security before November 2020.
Making a federal case out of this was necessary, and I hope we can achieve a resolution before the polls open.
Laura Cox, the Michigan GOP Chairwoman, said that the lawsuit had highlighted fraud and incompetence taking place in Detroit:
When thousands of dead people are registered to vote, and there are more people registered than are eligible to vote in the city of Detroit, either someone is trying to commit fraud, or there is gross incompetence within the Detroit city clerk’s office.
Earlier this year, Kansas moved to resurrect a bill making it a legal requirement to prove US citizenship before voting in elections in the state, according to reports.
Kansas’s solicitor general called on a federal appeals court to reinstate the state’s law requiring people to prove they are American citizens before registering to vote.