244 Counties Have More Registered Voters than Live Adults

Summary of Study

Bottom Line: The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) found that 244 counties across the United States exceed 100% voter registration. Counties in 28 states plus the District of Columbia and Alaska have more voters registered than adults living in those jurisdictions.

After a review of records submitted to the federal government, The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) discovered 244 counties in which voter registration levels exceed the number of living adults in the jurisdiction. Additionally, 279 counties have registration rates ranging from 95%-99%, which PILF determines are “implausibly high.”

PILF President and General Counsel J. Christian Adams said, “One of the most effective strategies for protecting the integrity of American elections is keeping voter rolls clean. Carefully maintained records will better prepare state and local governments to quickly recover from any future cyber-attacks. In addition to fraud concerns, unkempt rolls can serve as a warning signal to future corruption and failures in local governments.”

Due to these inconsistencies, PILF has begun submitting records request letters, initiating full audits of voter rolls, and carrying out other litigation methods in accord with the National Voter Registration Act of 1993.

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Findings:

  • 4 states (Kentucky, Michigan, South Carolina, and Mississippi) have more than 20 counties where voter registrations exceed 100%. Kentucky leads the nation with 58.
  • 4 states have between 10 and 20 counties in which voter registration exceed 100%
  • Overall, 20 states, including the District of Columbus and Alaska, have more voters registered than living adults.