Voter roll irregularities throw Iowa caucus results into question

Government watchdog group Judicial Watch is questioning the results of last week’s Iowa caucuses after documenting at least 18,658 extra names on voter rolls in eight Iowa counties.

More than 100% of residents in these counties are registered to vote, a clear error, according to a report from One America News Network (OAN) — and Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton says the situation isn’t improving.

“Counties aren’t doing their job, they’re not taking off people who move away or [are] otherwise inactive, as they’re supposed to under federal law,” Fitton told OAN. “When you have voter registration rates above 100%, above 95%, that’s a pretty strong indication they’re not doing the basics.”

Voter fraud fears

It became clear soon after Iowa’s primary battle concluded last week that some of the results were not consistent with the rules of the caucus; in one instance, according to The Hill, candidates who “were recorded as receiving zero votes in the first alignment [then picked up] 44 and 51 votes in the second.” This violates caucus rules, The Hill reported, “because candidates that do not have sufficient support in the first round of caucusing are knocked out and cannot win support in the second alignment.”

Other issues emerged in the days following, but according to Fitton, “people went crazy” trying to prove his group’s claims weren’t true. However, though some have asserted that the voter rolls have been updated since Fitton got his information in 2019, Fitton said recent reports have shown little to no change.

“There still are counties that have more people on the rolls than eligible to vote,” Fitton told OAN. “The voting rolls are a mess.”

To Fitton, the problem is more than just clerical. “It causes unnecessary issues to arise about whether the caucuses are reflective of people’s true votes. That’s the problem,” he declared.

The results

An extremely close finish put 2020 Democrat hopeful Pete Buttigieg slightly ahead of Sen. Bernie Sanders (VT) in Iowa, with only one-tenth of a percent separating the two, according to Politico. As the results stand now, Buttigieg will get one more delegate than Sanders, but both men have asked for a partial recanvass because of inconsistencies, OAN reported.

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) has also called for a recanvass, according to NBC News. In order to change the posted results, however, one or both sides will need to request a recount as well.

Looking forward

But the Iowa vote inconsistencies are part of a larger problem. A total of 378 counties in the United States have more voters on the rolls than eligibile residents, with about 2.5 million possible fraudulent votes out there to be had, according to RealClearPolitics.

In fact, legal action taken by Fitton showed 1.5 million inactive voters on the rolls in a single county: Los Angeles County in California.

Republicans are not likely to win California even without that 1.5 million voters, but cleaning up the voter rolls could prevent people from getting upset when one presidential candidate wins the popular vote by millions when the Electoral College goes the opposite way.

A simple photo ID requirement would go a long way toward making the election results more accurate and restoring faith in election results.

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