A stunning report by the State Board of Elections has revealed clear voter fraud in the 2012 election – evidently in tens of thousands of instances.
The North Carolina State Board of Elections reported Wednesday to the Joint Legislative Elections Oversight Committee on the effects of the state’s new voter reforms. The most disturbing statistics came from comparing voter registration in North Carolina to those of selected states.
The results were brought to light as a result of North Carolina’s joining the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program, a consortium of 28 states. The SBOE had been directed by the new elections reform legislation (VIVA, Voter Information Verification Act) to join an interstate cross-checking program and to improve the accuracy of voter registration lists. The SBOE joined the program, and as a result it was determined that more than 35,000 North Carolina voters who voted in the 2012 General Election were identified as matching, by name and date of birth, a voter in another state who voted in the same election. This revelation deserves to be underlined: Tens of thousands of voters voted twice (in North Carolina and another state) in the 2012 General Election.
Legislators on both sides of the aisle expressed alarm during the meeting, as you can see in this short clip from the meeting:
Rep. Bert Jones (R-Rockingham) said, “I believe these are staggering numbers.” Rep. Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) suggested that the number of voters voting in two states in the same election was probably much higher, because the crosschecking didn’t access voter rolls in every state. He told Kim Strach, SBOE Director, that this was probably just the “tip of the iceberg,” and “I would submit to you, if you follow the basic math and trend these numbers are probably higher.” Rep. Annie Mobley (D-Hertford) said, “These numbers are appalling to me.”
The preliminary findings indicate that:
- 765 voters with an exact match of first and last name, DOB and last four digits of SSN were registered in N.C. and another state and voted in N.C. and the other state in the 2012 general election.
- 35,750* voters with the same first and last name and DOB were registered in N.C. and another state and voted in both states in the 2012 general election.
- 155,692 voters with the same first and last name, DOB and last four digits of SSN were registered in N.C. and another state – and the latest date of registration or voter activity did not take place within N.C.
As Moore pointed out, given that only 28 states participate in the interstate crosscheck, it is reasonable to believe that the numbers for potential voter fraud would be much higher if all 50 states participated in the program. Populous states such as Florida, Texas, California and New York are among the 22 states that did not participate in the 2014 crosscheck.
Moreover, Strach reported that, during an audit of death records from the Department of Health and Human Services, the Board discovered:
- 50,000 new death records that had not previously been provided to the State Board of Elections.
- 13,416 deceased voters on the voter rolls in October 2013.
- 81 deceased voters that had voter activity after they died.
There is no cost to participate in the crosscheck program. States must only sign a memorandum of understanding and assign two staff members to “participate in annual conference call and email, pull and transmit the data in January of every year, receive and process crosscheck results and work with local elections officials to respond for requests of addresses, signatures, etc.” The findings raise the question of why North Carolina didn’t join this program much earlier.
In addition to voter fraud, these figures show massive irregularities with voter registration. Panel member Rep. Harry Warren (R-Rowan) commented on criticism of the VIVA legislation that “this was a solution looking for a problem.” The report, Warren said, “does clearly – clearly – indicate there is a problem, and that VIVA addresses the problem.”
*The Kansas Secretary of State’s Office told Civitas this number includes voter data from states that do not include the Social Security numbers.
Lonnie Webster says
Watching the video, this looks like the GOP had decided to try to justify their voter repression in NC and planned to spin this dog and pony show for that justification no matter the facts.
Questions for conservatives
What counties did most of this occur in if it did occur?
How many of the dual vote were with absentee ballots on one end or the other?
What was the part affiliation of the dual voter?
What was the most common state of the supposed dual voter?
How would voter ID have prevented the dual votes?
How would reduced early voting reduce dual voting?
How does eliminating voting sites on university campuses reduce dual voting?
The one case of dual voting took place in Gaston County NC where Republican congressman Patrick McHenry’s roommate and co-owner of their home in Washington DC voted in NC. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/congressman-mchenrys-campaign-aide-indicted/
Lonnie Webster says
This is a witch hunt wit a political agenda at tax payer expense.
“WHERE’S THE FRAUD?
Kobach and the state officials who have embraced his cross-check program say it has been a “success” in rooting out fraud, but there’s little evidence to support the claim. When asked in October 2013, Kobach’s office couldn’t provide any evidence of a single instance in which the Interstate Crosscheck’s data had led to an actual legal charge of voter fraud.”
I wait breathlessly for those who voted twice to be arrested and charged with a crime.
J Walker says
Two years ago 3 friends from Nassau, Bahamas came to visit me. Guess what they brought with them to show me…their Voter ID card with picture ID. They were SO proud of their voting cards. Is NC this far behind a small island in the Caribbean? YES! NC should require Voter ID with picture when voting to end voter fraud!!!!
I know people who voted more than once. They were proud of it and laughed at a system that made it so easy. At universities it is very common for students to vote absentee from their home state or county and then also regsiter and vote using a common university address used by hundreds of other students. Same day registration makes it easy to vote and almost impossible to get caught.
Fred Walker says
To obtain unescorted access for Nuclear Power Plant positions, you have to provide the following.
Birth Certificate with raised seal.
Drivers license with photo or Passport with photo.
List of jobs held from your 18th Birth Day.
Allow for a complete Criminal Background Check.
Allow for a prescreaning Drug & Alcohol test.
Allow testing for cause Drug & Alcohol permission.
Sign affidavit stating you have not been convicted of any driving offense or convicted of criminal acts in last 30 days.
Last access Date granted to access a Nuclear facility.
Yes it is important to insure the persons with access to Nuclear Power Plants are who they say they are.
It is just as important to make sure those voting for positions that will decide the States and Nations future are who they say they are.
Requiring photo ID is only a deterrent to those seeking to vote more than one time.
I wish our elected Officials had to submit to the same requirements they require every Citizen to submit to for access to work in a Nuclear Power Plant!
Constitutional Conservative says
Poor Lonnie – failing to understand the very basic fact that voter fraud not only exists but is easy.
Lonnie, Lonnie – it is obvious why liberals NEED voter fraud – liberalism will always fail if left to facts and results. Statists need to herd the masses into the statist approved way of thinking and doing only by nudging – and then forcing (i.e. Obamacare is a perfect example). Thus, they canNOT allow their agenda to fail so they canNOT allow a free and fair election.
Its really that simple.
It is patently obvious why the statists use the meme that to prove who you actually are by using a free and easily obtainable ID = “voter suppression”. One wonders why that same argument is not used when applying for Medicaid, Food Stamps, Touring the White House and Flying since they ALL require ID.
ANYway, Lonnie, why don’t YOU work with US (you know, come across the aisle) to make sure ALL who vote are who they say they are and that voter fraud is made MUCH more difficult and will result in serious consequences when it happens.
Lonnie Webster says
Constitutional Conservative Where’s the fraud? Two people in the last 2 election cycles were convicted of impersonating another voter. One conviction in Gaston County was the roommate of Congressman Patrick Mc Henry but at 0.017% these are not numbers that would cause any election to be shifted any where close to what the conservatives, without ideas or solutions and who’s public policy is so bad they are trying to attack the basic tenants of a free society. NC will not become the banana republic the current GOP leadership wants.