Philly voter rolls reveal dead people, people under 18, convicted felons,…

An ex-DoJ lawyer crunched some numbers on the Philadelphia voter rolls and found some rather… interesting things.

  • 102.5% of the citizen voting age population was registered to vote on Election Day 2004.
  • Out of a random sample, at least 130 registered voters were under 18.
  • 54 more in the sample had birth dates ranging from 1825 to 1899. Either the City of Brotherly Love is also the City of the Fountain of Youth, or it does not discriminate on the basis of presence or absence of a pulse.
  • 12 others were incarcerated felons (not eligible to vote according to local law).
  • Out of a sample of 385 registered voters allegedly born between 1900 and 1905, 51 (i.e., 13%) were listed as deceased in the Social Security Death Index.

And this is just one county in Pennsylvania.

Assume that there were just 400 or so ineligible voters from all of Philadelphia, and not just from a small sample. Philadelphia is just one of 67 counties in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. If every county had 400 or more ineligible voters on their lists for any given election, and those voters actually voted, roughly 26,800 votes would be ineligible. Multiply that by 50 states and one would be hard-pressed to successfully argue that a problem doesn’t exist when relevant portions of the National Voter Registration Act, such as Section 8, are not enforced — as the DOJ’s Julie Fernandes instructed.

If it is true that the DOJ, as a matter of policy, will not enforce this statute, it is frightening to think of the consequences. Would anyone be able to trust the electoral process knowing that dead or otherwise ineligible voters are casting votes?

The right to vote in America is sacred and should remain as pure as our Founding Fathers intended. (Those same Founding Fathers who declared America a free and independent country during a hot summer in 1776 in … Philadelphia.)

It is time to take action. If the DOJ will not enforce the law, the people must — the Motor Voter law allows private citizens to bring suit against states and voter registrars for not properly maintaining the rolls.

Our right to vote is what gives us the power to choose the government that works for us — “consent of the governed” is a hollow phrase if voter rolls do not accurately reflect “the governed.”