Judicial Watch and True the Vote have sued the state of Ohio because voter registrations in three counties are greater than the population. They state this is a violation of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA) which requires states to take reasonable steps to maintain clean voter registration lists.
The lawsuit states:
"...the number of individuals listed on voter registration rolls in the following three counties in the State of Ohio exceeds 100% of the total voting age population in these counties: Auglaize, Wood, and Morrow. (And in both Auglaize and Wood, the voter registration rolls exceed 105% of total voting age population.) This data demonstrating the discrepancy in voter registration rolls to total voting age population in each of these counties constitutes prima facie evidence that the State of Ohio has failed to comply with its voter list maintenance obligations under Section 8
of the NVRA."
The suit also states that, in 2008, the average rate of voter
registration to voting age population was 71%. Ohio 34 counties in which the percentage exceeds 90%. Those counties (from highest to lowest percentage) are:
Lawrence, Cuyahoga, Henry, Medina, Mahoning, Delaware, Putnam, Hancock, Fairfield, Geauga, Van Wert, Lucas, Montgomery, Jackson, Ottawa, Stark, Hamilton, Miami, Franklin, Gallia, Greene, Jefferson, Trumbull, Lorain, Wyandot, Athens, Harrison, Clermont, Licking, Logan, and Erie.
Judicial Watch is partnering with True the Vote and the Election Law Center's J. Christian Adams, who previously served in the voting rights section of the Department of Justice, on a nationwide campaign to ensure the integrity of the 2012 elections.
The text of the lawsuit is available here.