Sixteen small counties across Texas appear to have more registered voters on their rolls as of 2010 than qualified citizens of voting age — a phenomenon prompting conservative Washington watchdog group to question whether the “over counts” could raise the potential for election fraud.With the True the Vote National Summit quickly approaching, this story caught my eye.
A review of public records for all Texas counties found evidence of surplus registered voters in rural Texas counties scattered statewide, including seven in South Texas — Maverick, Kendall, Brooks, Kenedy, Dimmit, Duval and Zavala — and several East Texas counties, such as Chambers, Trinity, and Polk.
Tom Fitton, president of nonprofit Judicial Watch, said his group plans to ask the Texas secretary of state to examine all Texas counties with oversized voter rolls. The group has demanded probes in other states as the result of its own nationwide comparisons of 2010 voter registration and census data.
“One bad vote is a vote that can ruin an election and so it's important that every county no matter how small have the procedures in place to make sure their roles are up to date and clean and ultimately under federal law the state is responsible for this,” Fitton said in an interview. “Not only does it affect federal elections but in the case of Texas, state and local elections would be impacted as well.”
The newspaper found the overages by comparing the county's registered voters in January 2010 to the number the U.S. Census reported of citizens considered eligible to register to vote in that same year.
Logically speaking, there is no reason for more voters to be on a voter registrar's list than residents of voting age unless it is gross inefficiency within the administrator's office or someone is allowing the process to be corrupted. No wild conspiracies, just common sense.
Either way, it must be stopped.
Sometimes elections are won by a very small amount of votes. The old cliche that every vote counts is still relevant.
Demanding up to date and clean voter registration records is a citizen's civic duty. We deserve to rest assured that our elections are fair and legal.