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Actor and conservative activist James Woods took to Twitter Tuesday to offer high praise to government watchdog Judicial Watch and its president, Tom Fitton, specifically, for their work in exposing corruption on the federal and state levels.
At the same time, Woods took a swipe at the Justice Department over its failure to uncover the same corruption that Fitton and Judicial Watch have been so effective at exposing, in particular alleged vote fraud schemes backed by Democrats.
“At what point will @TomFitton be recognized for his fight against corruption in our Republic? Why isn’t the Justice Department uncovering this cancer that’s rotting us from within? @JudicialWatch Is doing more than any other entity to uncover Democrat voter fraud in this nation,”
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) April 15, 2020
Judicial Watch has been instrumental in launching a series of lawsuits against cities and states for their failure to clean up voter registration rolls.
In a January press release, the organization said it had uncovered millions of “extra” registrations on voter rolls in a number of states including California, Colorado, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Virginia.
In response to the discoveries, the group sent “warning letters” to each of the jurisdictions informing them they would face lawsuits if they failed to update and validate their voter registration rolls, which is required by federal law.
The release noted further:
An unusually high registration rate suggests that a jurisdiction is not removing voters who have died or who have moved elsewhere, as required by [federal law].
Judicial Watch also considers how many registrations were ultimately removed from the voter rolls because a registrant [had moved]. If few or no voters were removed…the jurisdiction is obviously failing to comply . . . States must report the number of such removals to the [U.S. Election Assistance Commission].
“Dirty voting rolls can mean dirty elections and Judicial Watch will insist, in court if necessary, that states follow federal law to clean up their voting rolls,” Fitton said at the time. “Previous Judicial Watch lawsuits have already led to major cleanups in California, Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio – but more needs to be done. It is common sense that voters who die or move away be removed from the voting rolls.”
The group has been instrumental in forcing state and local compliance with the National Voters Registration Act, provisions of which require officials to ensure that voter registration rolls are current.
The group noted that the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a “massive voter roll clean up” in Ohio, the result of a Judicial Watch lawsuit.
California also settled a similar lawsuit with Judicial Watch in 2019 after the watchdog found some 1.5 million “inactive” names on Los Angeles County voting rolls. Kentucky also was forced to remove some 250,000 names from voter registration rolls that were no longer current.
It’s not as if the Justice Department has been completely inactive in terms of ensuring states are complying with voter registration laws. Shortly after the Supreme Court’s 2018 decision regarding Ohio, the department joined Judicial Watch’s suit against Kentucky.
That suit alleged that Kentucky has not made “a reasonable effort to remove registrants who have become ineligible due to a change of residence.” The same day, Kentucky officials agreed to settle with Judicial Watch and DoJ and update their voter rolls.
In July 2017, the Trump DoJ sent a letter to 44 states requesting they provide details about how they are conforming with the National Voter Registration Act’s provisions to keep voter rolls up to date.
That said, Judicial Watch has certainly done most of the heavy lifting regarding state compliance with federal voter registration rules ahead of what many believe could be a highly contested election in November.
The efforts come as some believe Democrats are attempting to utilize the coronavirus pandemic as a political vehicle to advance what Republicans say is a blatant attempt to nationalize vote fraud using mail-in ballots.
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