131% of Eligible Voters Registered in Washington, DC

An investigation by Judicial Watch found that the registration rate among eligible voters in Washington, D.C., is 131%.

The organization sent letters to the District of Columbia, California, and Illinois, explaining to election officials that the areas were violating the National Voter Registration Act.

The locations failed to remove inactive voters.

Judicial Watch said in a press release that the “law requires registrations to be cancelled when voters fail to respond to address confirmation notices and then fail to vote in the next two general federal election.”

A letter from the watchdog organization to the District of Columbia found that “DC’s total registration rate—its total number of registrations divided by the most recent census estimates of its citizen voting-age population—is greater than 131%.”

After being threatened with a lawsuit from Judicial Watch, D.C. announced that it removed more than 65,000 inactive voters, with plans to remove another 37,000 voters.

Washington, D.C. also highlighted more than 73,000 for possible removal.

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement, “Dirty voter rolls increase the potential for voter fraud. As Washington, DC’s, quick cleanup of tens of thousands of names in response to Judicial Watch shows, there are potentially hundreds of thousands of names on the voter rolls that should be removed by California and Illinois. Indeed, Judicial Watch litigation resulted in the removal of four million names from voter rolls in various states recently.”