Hundreds of duplicate voters found in Minnesota, millions of New York voter registrations lack proper ID

by Samantha Flom

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An election integrity group has filed six lawsuits in Minnesota after finding 515 duplicate registrants on the state’s voter rolls.

Per Just the News, conservative nonprofit Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) filed the lawsuits in Nicollet, Dakota, Hennepin, Olmstead, Todd, and Ramsey counties.

One of the duplicate voters, PILF President J. Christian Adams told the outlet, is a convicted child sex offender living in a mental hospital who “managed to cast two ballots in the 2020 election.”

Additionally, PILF announced in a press release last week that 3.1 million registered voters in New York lacked personal identifying information, making it difficult for the state to maintain its voter rolls.

Under the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), voter registrants are required to provide their driver’s license number or the last four digits of their Social Security number for a state to accept their application. Registrants who do not possess either must be assigned “unique identifying numbers” by the state.

According to the PILF report, the Department of Justice Voting Section is tasked with enforcing the provisions of HAVA. 

However, Adams told Just the News that, since former President George W. Bush left office in 2009, “there’s been nothing out of the Voting Section at the DOJ to fix this problem.”

“States should be performing data entry competently,” Adams further noted in the PILF release. “New York has a list of all registered voters affected by this problem and can immediately get to work to fix it. The Department of Justice should be the entity enforcing federal list maintenance obligations against New York, not private charities.”

Over the past year, PILF has sounded the alarm in multiple states over improper voter roll maintenance. In June, the organization revealed that New Jersey had more than 8,000 duplicate voters on its rolls. Further, last November, the group filed a lawsuit against Michigan’s Democrat Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson upon finding there could be more than 25,000 deceased voters still registered.

In response to the nonprofit’s New York report, U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney, R-N.Y., issued a statement calling for an immediate investigation.

“I am calling on the Department of Justice to look into this matter immediately to ensure New York is fully compliant with HAVA’s voter registration requirements in the run-up to the 2022 election and beyond,” the congresswoman said. “Faith in our elections is at an all-time low because far too many jurisdictions across the country, including right here in New York, are failing to comply with even the most basic election integrity measures. The Election Integrity Caucus will continue to lead the fight to change this.”

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