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Court greenlights lawsuit over state’s failure to clean up voter rolls

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A court ruling against the state of Colorado means that a lawsuit over its failure to clean up its voter rolls can advance, according to government watchdog Judicial Watch.

The organization filed its lawsuit last year, and now Judge Phillip Brimmer, of U.S. District Court in Colorado, has ruled that there is enough evidence that the state has refused to follow the National Voters Registration Act of 1993 requirements for a trial to be held.

“The court finds that plaintiffs have met their burden and have plausibly alleged that Colorado’s list maintenance program does not comply with the NVRA,” the ruling said. One indicator is that over a 60-month period, 20 counties had registration rates exceeding 100%, and “39 counties had rates exceeding 100% during a single month of that period.”

Judicial Watch argued that Colorado officials simply were refusing to update their rolls by deleting names that should have been removed, skewing the results and creating the potential for fraud.

The lawsuit by Judicial Watch on behalf of several individual voters is against Jena Griswold, Colorado secretary of state.

The decision means Judicial Watch can proceed on its key claims.

“The court ruled that the individual plaintiffs have standing to sue based on the fact that ‘n

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