Photo illustration of illegal voting in Pennsylvania. Credit: Alexander J. Williams III/Pop Acta.
Photo illustration of illegal voting in Pennsylvania. Credit: Alexander J. Williams III/Pop Acta.

Pennsylvania officials have admitted five counties did not maintain clean voter registration rolls as required by federal law, and have agreed to pay the legal fees of the ethics watchdog who blew the whistle.

Judicial Watch, a non-profit public interest law firm, has settled a federal election integrity lawsuit against Pennsylvania and five of its counties, with Pennsylvania admitting in court filings that it has finally removed 178,258 ineligible registrations in response to communications from Judicial Watch.

The legal settlement requires Pennsylvania and five of its counties to “extensive public reporting of statistics regarding their ongoing voter roll clean-up efforts for the next five years, along with a payment to Judicial Watch of $15,000 for legal costs and fees” Judicial Watch reports.

“Pennsylvania’s election rolls are cleaner – and will remain cleaner – thanks to Judicial Watch. This federal lawsuit settlement is good news for voters in Pennsylvania who want to ensure that only eligible voters are on voter rolls,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “Judicial Watch’s remarkable run of litigation successes resulted in well over 2 million ineligible registrations being removed from voter rolls across the nation in the last two years!”

Judicial Watch alleged a “multi-year failure” by the state and counties to “take reasonable steps to maintain accurate voter registration lists as required by federal law.”

In a November 2021 filing as part of a National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) lawsuit, Judicial Watch sought to compel Pennsylvania and five of its counties (Luzerne County, Cumberland County, Washington County, Indiana County, and Carbon County) to comply with their voter list-maintenance obligations under Section 8 of the NVRA.

On April 22, 2021, Judicial Watch “sent a notice-of-violation letter to the Pennsylvania Secretary of the Commonwealth setting forth a range of violations by the Commonwealth and 27 identified counties.”

In September 2021, Pennsylvania informed the court:

“Upon receiving the [April 22, 2021] letter, the Secretary [of the Commonwealth] immediately took action by investigating the issues raised and working with the identified 27 counties to remove outstanding inactive voters who had failed to return a confirmation notice and did not participate in the subsequent two consecutive federal elections. With the Secretary’s assistance, the counties removed every single inactive voter eligible for removal from the rolls. The total inactive voters removed was 178,258.”

However, the failure to maintain clean voter rolls predates the 2020 elections in some Pennsylvania counties.

A 2020 letter from Judicial Watch to Allegheny County, Pennsylvania led to the removal of 69,000 outdated registrations before that year’s elections, with county officials admitting “we are behind on culling our rolls,” and the legally-required maintenance “been put on the back burner.”


  1. So, what PA is saying is Fetterman lost and Oz actually won. But, it’s too late. So sorry.

  2. Illegal voters in PA as well as NY and all sanctuary states is the only way for the dems to win. Bring them in, issue driver licenses and harvest their votes

  3. And we’re supposed to believe the 2020 presidential election in Pennsylvania was valid? Really?

  4. well what I would like to hear if someone stole a car and kept driving it for about a few years and finally he gets caught would our legal system allow him to keep the car still and if not then the winner of the vehicle should be automatically disqualified from the election

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