California, L.A. to Purge 1.5 Million Voter Registrations

California and Los Angeles County are about to go full Marie Kondo on their voter registration rolls. As part of a legal settlement reached Tuesday with activist group Judicial Watch, they’ve agreed to purge 1.5 million inactive voters from the rosters. 

Judicial Watch sued the state and county in 2017 for failing to remove registrants who had not voted in the past two general elections, or the past two to five years, in violation of federal law. The group said California and L.A. County had failed to properly prune voter rolls for two decades. They also claim L.A. now has millions more voter registrations than citizens who are eligible to vote.

As part of the settlement, the 1.5 million registrants will have to be notified. The California Secretary of State’s website will also be updated to make clear to voters and counties the rules regarding intelligibility.


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