Margaret Elizabeth Sherrill registered to vote in Mecklenburg County in October of 2004 and voted absentee in the presidential election in November of 2004.
The problem- the Walnut Street address that she listed as her residence- is not her residence.
Shawncey Fredrick reports that he moved into his Charlotte home on Walnut Street almost 20 years ago, where he lives alone, and has “no clue” who Margaret Elizabeth Sherrill is, or why she is registered to vote at his residence. For nearly ten years, Fredrick has been receiving mail with Sherrill’s voter registration cards and other election mail.
The proper course of action if this happens to you – mark the mail that the recipient does not live at the address and return to sender. “I would have loved it if [Fredrick] had put it back in the mail and said not at this address,” said the head of the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections, Michael Dickerson. Taking this action, according to Dickerson, would begin the “inactive procedure,” by which voters who are likely deceased or have moved can be marked in order to prevent voter fraud.
However, one thing is crystal clear. The process by which voters are verified after registration does not work. It is simply ineffective and amounts to nothing but increases in government spending.
The solution: voter photo identification for both in-person and absentee voting. While a very few find this controversial, the facts are truly quite simple. Requiring voters to show identification before voting is a huge step in the direction of eliminating voter fraud. A voter photo ID requirement would have helped to prevent Margaret Elizabeth Sherrill from using an address that was not her own to vote in 2004. At the very least, it would have flagged the situation 8 years ago, prompting an investigation by the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections to have taken place much sooner.
While as of now there can be no claims made of voter fraud by the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections, it is not the only incident of its kind. Similar incidents and failure to update changes in address to the Board of Elections contribute to a large amount of voter impurities in North Carolina elections.
If you must show a form of identification to board a plane, buy lottery tickets, buy cough medicine- why wouldn’t you need to show identification to exercise your participation in the government process?
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