Watchdog group: Nebraska had 9 counties with bloated voter rolls in 2016

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (by Release / KNEP) - A non-profit legal foundation says nine Nebraska counties appear to have had more registered voters than eligible residents in 2016, including several in the Panhandle and Western Nebraska.

In a news release, The Public Interest Legal Foundation says Kimball and Sheridan Counties were among those to receive the letter saying election officials may be in violation of the National Voter Registration Act. PILF compared census data to information from the federal Election Assistance Commission, and nearly 250 counties across the country had rates of registration at 100 percent or more than the number of living, eligible residents.

Nebraska counties receiving the notice letters were Arthur, Blaine, Grant, Keya Paha, Kimball, Logan, Loup, Sheridan, and Thurston. Arthur and Grant had the lowest alleged NVRA non-compliance rate at 100 percent, with Kimball the highest at 105 percent. Of all the counties across the country, Hanson County, S.D. allegedly had the highest non-compliance rate at 169 percent.

Sheridan County Election Commissioner, Sindy Coburn, says they have received the letter and that all voter rolls in the county during the 2016 election were maintained as per state statue. Election officials from Kimball County had yet to respond to a request for comment.

Foundation officials say a federal lawsuit is possible if local officials fail to respond to the letter, or if they decline to allow inspection of election records. A provision of the National Voter Registration Act requires all state and local officials to ensure that only eligible voters are registered.