Voting rolls cleanup

| Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Pennsylvania's move to join a multistate alliance focused on cleaning up voter-registration rolls is a positive step, but it's likely to induce fits of anger and shouts of “Disenfranchisement!” from those leftists who believe that people should vote, and often, in every election.

The coalition of almost half of all states cross-checks voters' names to catch people who register in more than one state and dead people who aren't removed from voter rolls. Officials this year reportedly have identified 5 million questionable registrations in 22 states.

Ensuring the accuracy of voter rolls, proponents say, does not trample access to voting except for those who, whether out of ignorance or intent, abuse the system. Nevertheless, the same people who demonize voter IDs, as they have in Pennsylvania, also demean efforts to clean up voter rolls.

Never mind Pennsylvania's own mandate that counties check yearly for voters who have changed addresses or died, says Jim Montini, Westmoreland County's director of elections.

In Virginia, only weeks before its gubernatorial election, that state's Democratic Party has filed a lawsuit seeking an injunction to prevent the Board of Elections from purging up to 57,000 names from the state rolls, The Washington Times reports. Even removing illegitimate voters is unacceptable to those who hold open the door to double-dealers.

That's because the integrity of voting rolls is meaningless for those who put winning, any way they can, above everything else.

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