2020 Election: Over One Million Ineligible Persons Registered to Vote in California

Despite a lawsuit and resulting efforts to cancel ineligible registrants, California's bloated voter list problems continue

A review of California’s statewide voter database shows that 13 counties have more registered voters than eligible citizens– totaling over 1 million ineligible registrants– says Election Integrity Project, California (EIPCa). The overage was calculated by adding together each county’s active and inactive-status registrants and comparing the total to the estimated number of eligible citizens from the California Secretary of State’s (SOS) website. Both sources are dated February 18, 2020.

Six counties have the most ineligible registrants and contribute most to the one million+ ineligibles count. The full list includes ImperialLassenMarinNevadaPlumasSanta Clara and Siskiyou counties.

Total #

Total #

% of

# Ineligible

County

Registrants

Eligible Citizens

Eligible

Registrants

Los Angeles

7,040,216

6,184,428

114%

855,788

San Diego

2,306,159

2,232,644

103%

73,515

San Mateo

534,316

507,291

105%

27,025

Solano

320,863

294,638

109%

26,225

Santa Cruz

206,585

187,357

110%

19,228

Ventura

563,728

546,938

103%

16,790

Total Six Counties

1,018,571

In 2017-18, EIPCa sued the LA County registrar and California’s SOS over similar findings. A settlement was reached in which the state agreed to begin removing millions of ineligible, inactive-status registrants from its rolls. While California counties research the eligibility of their inactive registrants, thousands of new voter registrations have been added through the state’s automatic DMV voter registration system, growing the list from eight counties to thirteen. While San Francisco and San Diego counties have made progress by cancelling hundreds of thousands of inactive registrants, new counties joined the list as their new registrations have accelerated.

The one million+ ineligible registrants include inactive registrants (who have not voted in years but are still registered and can vote in any election), persons who’ve likely died or relocated but remain on the active voter list, and tens of thousands of people who have two or more registrations each. EIPCa cannot quantify how many more are ineligible due to non-citizen status or other reasons.

“One million ineligible registrants allowed to vote opens doors to election crime in the upcoming 2020 election, especially if they’re mailed ballots,” said EIPCa President Linda Paine. “California needs to take immediate action to correct its bloated voter lists.”

SOURCE Election Integrity Project, California (EIPCa)

 

 

Election Integrity Project, California


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3 Responses to 2020 Election: Over One Million Ineligible Persons Registered to Vote in California

  1. Caleb Standafer April 3, 2020 at 10:47 am

    People who have not voted in years may have moved or died. I believe it is approved by the Supreme Court to send a letter to the address of people who have not voted for many years, and if there is not response, remove them from the voting roles. This is especially important when there are vote by mail ballots that could be misused.

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  2. Charleen Schuss April 2, 2020 at 11:32 am

    The fine print says folks who have not voted in years but are still eligible to vote are counted? There is no law that says to remain eligible to vote you must vote in every election or 4 out of ten? Why are these folks considered ineligible when in the are eligible to vote?

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  3. William Hicks April 1, 2020 at 11:16 am

    Soooo, what can be done about it before the November election?

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