ACRU Wins Voter Roll Clean-Up in Another Texas County

The United States District Court in Del Rio, Texas, has entered a settlement with the American Civil Rights Union (ACRU) requiring a cleanup of voter rolls in Zavala County, which has more people registered to vote than the age-eligible population of the county.

In the document, signed by Judge Joe Luna and filed on Monday, Zavala County officials agree to abide by federal law and clean the voter registration rolls of deceased persons, former residents and otherwise ineligible voters.

“This should send a message to other counties that have dirty voter rolls,” said ACRU President and CEO Susan A. Carleson.  “If they want to avoid a lawsuit, they need to follow the law.”

Among other things, Zavala officials have agreed to match the National Change of Address Data Base against the county’s registration records and do inquiry mailings to some residents. 

“In the complaint filed on March 27, 2014, the ACRU alleged that Zavala County was in violation of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (Motor Voter Law), which requires up-to-date voter rolls. Zavala has “an implausible registration rate of 105 percent,” the complaint said.

In September, 2013, the ACRU sent letters to Zavala and 14 other Texas counties informing them of violations.  On March 17, 2015, the ACRU entered a consent decree with Terrell County, which had more than 121 percent of age-eligible residents registered to vote.

Both lawsuits were filed by ACRU Policy Board member J. Christian Adams, a former Justice Department (DOJ) attorney who is leading the ACRU's litigation team, and by former DOJ Voting Section chief Christopher Coates. 

In 2013, the ACRU won historic victories in federal court regarding the same problem of badly kept voter rolls in two Mississippi counties – Walthall and Jefferson Davis. On Nov. 12, 2015, the ACRU sued Noxubee County, Mississippi, which has a long history of vote fraud and voter intimidation. The complaint notes that the county has 110 percent of its residents registered to vote. 

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J. Christian Adams is the President and General Counsel of the Public Interest Legal Foundation.   He served from 2005 to 2010 in the Voting Section at the United States Department of Justice. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Injustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department. He litigates election law cases throughout the United States and brought the first private party litigation resulting in the cleanup of corrupted voter rolls under the National Voter Registration Act of 1993.  He represented multiple presidential campaigns in election litigation.  He successfully litigated the landmark case of United States v. Ike Brown in the Southern District of Mississippi, the first case brought under the Voting Rights Act on behalf of a discriminated-against white minority in Noxubee County.  Prior to his time at the Justice Department, he served as General Counsel to the South Carolina Secretary of State.  He also serves as legal editor at PJ Media and appears frequently on Fox News and has appeared at National ReviewBreitbart, the Washington ExaminerAmerican Spectator, Washington Times and other publications. He also serves on the Policy Board of the American Civil Rights Union.  He has a law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law. He is a member of the South Carolina and Virginia Bars.


The ACRU publicly advances a constitutional understanding of Americans' essential rights and freedoms. It files amicus briefs in key civil rights cases and litigates to protect the integrity of our election process.

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The ACRU publicly advances a constitutional understanding of Americans' essential rights and freedoms. It files amicus briefs in key civil rights cases and litigates to protect the integrity of our election process.

Susan Carleson
President, American Civil Rights Union
American Civil Rights Union
3213 Duke Street (Suite 625)
Alexandria, VA 22314
United States