THE RULES OF GENERAL APPLICATION RELATING TO JURY SOURCE LISTS SHOULD BE MODIFIED TO ELIMINATE LICENSE AND IDENTICARD HOLDER RECORDS THAT HAVE BEEN EXPIRED FOR MORE THAN 90 DAYS AND TO SPECIFY THAT ONLY “ACTIVE” REGISTERED VOTER RECORDS BE CONSIDERED FOR USE IN JURY SOURCE LISTS.
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The current rule governing jury source list processing allows for the inclusion of Department of Licensing (DOL) information for people whose licenses or identicards have been expired for up to two years. However, in 1999 only 24,000 people (out of one million) renewed their licenses more than 60 days after expiration. After 90 days, only 2,000 had not renewed. The current practice leads to outdated and unreliable information being included in the list. The Commission recommends that DOL should remove all records that have been expired for more than 90 days before transmitting the data to the Department of Information Services for inclusion in the jury source list.
The voter registration lists maintained by the counties contain both “active” and “inactive” voters. A voter is placed in an inactive status because the county elections department has information indicating that the voter no longer resides in the county, but there is no confirmation from the voter to that effect. A notice is mailed, and the voter is placed in an inactive status pending removal from the database. Inactive voters would have been eliminated from the rolls under previous processes that are now precluded by federal law. The Commission recommends that only active registered voters should be included in the jury source lists.
GR 18, Appendix, (providing the methodology for merging the registered voters list and licensed drivers/identicard holders lists).
National Voter Registration Act, 42 USC 1973.