CHESTERFIELD (WRIC) – Chesterfield County Registrar Larry Haake is in a legal battle after refusing to purge thousands of voter names.
Before this year's election, he and other registrars were told to erase the names of people who weren't legally allowed to vote in Virginia.
The Chesterfield County Registrar refused until after the election, claiming the list was full of errors.
Two groups are now threatening legal action, and demanding he clean up the rolls.
True the vote is an organization that says its goal is to protect the rights of legitimate voters and when they heard that the Chesterfield County Registrar has not complied with the State Board of Elections by purging thousands of voters from the rolls, they threatened legal action.
But the Registrar says he's the one who is protecting the voters.
Haake says he protected the rights of voters by not automatically dropping more than 2,000 names from the voter rolls.
"Anyone who just takes this list and deletes somebody because their name is on it is irresponsible and I don't operate that way."
But two groups, True the Vote, and The American Civil Rights Union have both put Haake on notice to clean the voter rolls, or face a court order to be forced to do so.
"We saw that since Chesterfield County was required to maintain their voter rolls in a reasonable manner as prescribed by the state," says Logan Churchwell of True the Vote and their apparent failure to do so, we have a right to say please clean up your roll."
In a letter from to Haake, True The Vote writes, "your office is failing to take reasonable steps to ensure the voter rolls are free from ineligible voters. If the circumstances described in the attached affidavit are not cured within the 90 day notice period, my clients may initiate action in federal court seeking an order to command you to comply with federal and state law."
Haake says he has agreed to take action all along, well within the 90 days notice that the letter is demanding
"As far as I'm concerned it's nothing but an effort to harass and intimidate me, which I am neither."
It is also important to note here that both parties say this threat of legal action has nothing to do with the tightness of the Attorney General race. Both say the notice was served well before anyone realized this race would be so close.
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