By Susan Redden, Globe Staff Writer
December 14, 2005
This article appeared in The Joplin Globe.
Federal department suing state over inaccuracies
They acknowledge the problem, but some county clerks in the area are
scratching their heads in the wake of a U.S. Department of Justice
lawsuit arguing that Missouri must do more to purge voter rolls of the
names of people who have died or moved.
The lawsuit, filed Tuesday, alleges voting laws have been violated in
Missouri because people who have moved or died may still be eligible to
vote because of inaccurate and inflated registration rolls.
"I don't think they're reading their own statutes," said Ron Mosbaugh,
Jasper County clerk. "We have to follow federal law when we remove
people from the voter rolls."
Gary Youngblood, Barry County clerk, agreed.
"The federal government made the law that you have to keep people on
the rolls for so long and jump through hoops to take them off, and with
the way the law is written, we err on the side of caution," he said.