Watchdog group sues Wake over excess voters

Posted July 18, 2016
Updated July 19, 2016

Voters cast ballots at the Wake County Commons Building in the North Carolina primary on March 15, 2015. (Photo by Jamie Munden)

— Voter Integrity Project, a watchdog group that has made frequent claims of ineligible voters casting ballots, is suing the Wake County Board of Elections for failing to maintain its voter lists.

VIP will be represented by the Public Interest Legal Foundation, a nonprofit law firm that focuses on election law.

The suit claims that Wake County has more registered voters than adults eligible to vote. VIP says the board should be more aggressive in scrubbing its voter lists.

Wake County elections director Gary Sims said he had not seen the lawsuit or been notified it was filed.

Monday was the deadline for the county to respond to the federal court in another case involving how to handle an election involving Wake County commissioner and school board districts that have been ruled unconstitutional.

The three-member county board also lost a member on Sunday. Chairman Brian Ratledge resigned "to pursue other professional opportunities" and has not yet been replaced.

"If voter rolls contain more registrants than citizens alive, year after year, there is a problem. Wake County isn’t using all of the tools available to keep clean voter rolls," J. Christian Adams, president of the Public Interest Legal Foundation, said in a statement.

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  • Jeff Herring Jul 18, 2016
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    This group is an enemy of democracy. No law has been broken and no law will be broken, They just want to prevent eligible voters in mostly democratic areas from voting. They want to force people to re-register over and over again. Instead, every registered voter should be sent a mail-in ballot like they do in other states and eliminate this type of interference with our voting rights.