A Collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh

DOJ sues Missouri for leaving dead, ineligible voters on electoral rolls

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice Tuesday filed a lawsuit against the state of Missouri, alleging that contrary to federal law it had failed to take steps to remove the names of deceased and otherwise ineligible voters from its electoral rolls. The DOJ suit claims the biggest problem is in Reynolds County, a small county with the Ozarks foothills where the list of eligible voters was 151 percent of the 2004 census count for its voting age population. Some 29 counties in total are identified as having more registrants than voting age individuals. Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan [official website], a Democrat who took office in January 2005, says the problem was inherited from the previous Republican state administration, and that the state technically has no power to correct the rolls, which are under the jurisdiction of local counties. Insisting that the suit was "unnecessary, unjustified and unwise", she has nonetheless sent a letter to the Department outlining a plan to train local officials to better maintain their rolls [Carnahan statement] and will start tracking how well they do so. AP has more.

About Paper Chase

Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible format.

© Copyright JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc., 2013.