National Voter Registration Day is also a day to call on Secretary of States to clean their voter rolls.
(Alexandria, VA.) – September 20, 2022: Today marks the nonpartisan civic holiday, National Voter Registration Day, with the goal of registering tens of thousands of potential voters to register to vote. Every eligible adult should register to vote.
National Voter Registration Day also provides an opportunity to advocate for the need to have accurate and up-to-date voter rolls. In 2020, the Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) released a report, Critical Condition, that details the errors in America’s voter rolls. This was a nationwide analysis of the voter rolls in 42 states. Some of the troubling findings included:
- 349,773 apparently deceased registrants across 41 states’ voter rolls.
- 37,889 likely duplicate registrants appear to have cast second votes in 2018 from the same address.
- 8,360 registrants apparently registered in 2 states and were credited for voting in both states in 2018.
The Foundation has ongoing litigation with Michigan Secretary of State Benson for failing to remove nearly 26,000 deceased registrants from the voter roll. She was notified of these deceased registrants before the 2020 election and has done nothing to remove the deceased registrants.
“National Voter Registration Day is not only a time to advocate for all eligible adults to register to vote but also to advocate for accurate voter rolls,” said PILF President, J. Christian Adams. “Unfortunately, America’s voter rolls contain tens of thousands of errors. I am calling on all eligible adults to register to vote and for Secretary of States to ensure that they have up to date, clean voter rolls. Any errors in the voter roll present an opportunity for an election crime to occur.”