Every year Democrats complain about “purges” of lists. Judge Claude Hilton of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia set not only the Democrat Party of Virginia straight but wrote an opinion that should set every Democrat Party straight when they make wild and spurious charges against state and local officials merely trying to do their jobs.
First Judge Hilton lays about the bottom line:
There exists a valid state interest in preventing voter fraud, and “[i]t is well established that purge statues are a legitimate means by which the State can attempt to prevent voter fraud.”
As in almost all the cases against stopping voter fraud, the extreme remedy of allowing vote fraud to go forward to protect a small few who were mistakenly removed from the list is ridiculous. As Judge Hilton puts it:
Plaintiff has not provided evidence of any qualified voters who have been deprived of their right to vote. If a voter is removed from the voter rolls in error, there are several mechanisms in place to protect that voter’s rights, including provisional ballots and registration reinstatement. Indeed, the few incidents wherein an individual was removed from the voting rolls erroneously have been corrected.
Lastly Judge Hilton touches on what many Democrats and liberals are really fighting for in these cases and cases involving voter ID. It is not the minuscule few who are wrongly excluded, the law has adequate remedies there, it is for those who want to fraudulent vote, especially those who do not reside in the state.
Those individuals who are registered in another state and have thus been correctly removed from the Virginia voter rolls have suffered no harm. An individual does not have the right to vote in state where he or she does not reside. . . The Commonwealth has a valid interest in ensuring that individuals who are registered to vote in Virginia are not also registered to vote in another state.