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1.2 million inactive voters removed from Los Angeles voter rolls, more than half haven't voted in 10 years

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Over 1 million inactive voters have been removed from the voter rolls in Los Angeles County, California, stemming from a lawsuit filed in 2017.

In an effort to clean up voter rolls and prevent possible voter fraud, Judicial Watch, a conservative organization that promotes government transparency, sued Los Angeles County on behalf of legally registered voters.

In 2019, a settlement required "Los Angeles County [to send] almost 1.6 million address confirmation notices in 2019 to voters listed as 'inactive' on its voter rolls," which resulted in nearly 1.5 million inactive registered names to be removed from the rolls.

Judicial Watch announced that the number of removals for 2022 stands at 1,207,613 and that over 634,000 of the inactive voters have not voted in at least 10 years.

“This long overdue voter roll clean-up of 1.2 million registrations in Los Angeles County is a historic victory and means California elections are less at risk for fraud,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.

“Building on this success, Judicial Watch will continue its lawsuits and activism to clean up voter rolls and to promote and protect cleaner elections,” he added.

The organization also alleges that 20% of Los Angeles County registered voters had become inactive without being removed from the list.

Under the terms of the settlement, the county is required to send out confirmation notices to voters who are listed as "inactive," and if they do not respond to the notices and do not vote in the following two federal elections, they must be removed from the voter rolls.

In December 2022, the group also settled a similar lawsuit in New York City surrounding election integrity, with the city removing 441,083 ineligible names from the voter rolls and promising to take "reasonable steps going forward to clean its voter registration lists."

Shockingly, the lawsuit pointed out that under the National Voter Registration Act, New York City had only removed 22 names from its list over a span of six years. The total voter registration at the time was over 5.5 million.

This adds to a list of lawsuits filed by the company that includes February 2022 voter roll litigation in North Carolina, resulting in two counties removing over 430,000 inactive voters from their lists.

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