Democrats will tell us that voter fraud is virtually non-existent….well, except when they lose an election (cough 2000, cough, 2004)
(WRAL) State elections officials said Wednesday that they’re investigating hundreds of cases of voters who appear to have voted in two states and several dozen who appear to have voted after their deaths.
State lawmakers last year mandated the State Board of Elections to enter into an “Interstate Crosscheck” – a compact of 28 states that agreed to check their voter registration records against those of other states. The program is run by a Kansas consortium, checking 101 million voter records. The largest states – CA, FL, NY, and TX – are not part of the consortium.
State Board of Elections Executive Director Kim Westbrook Strach delivered the report Wednesday to the legislative Elections Oversight committee.
Strach said North Carolina’s check found 765 registered North Carolina voters who appear to match registered voters in other states on their first names, last names, dates of birth and the final four digits of their Social Security numbers. Those voters appear to have voted in North Carolina in 2012 and also voted in another state in 2012.
There are also an additional 36,000 names which match people who voted in other states, but there is no Social Security number match, because most of the states are not providing the last 4 of the SS#. There are also 13,416 dead voters on the rolls. 81 voted, though it looks like 30 voted by absentee ballot.
“I think the big bombshell today is that you have documented voter fraud that has occurred,” said Rep. Tim Moore, R-Cleveland. “We have over 36,000 people who apparently voted in this state illegally and committed felonies.”
They are running a few ideas up the flagpole, and there would have to be coordination between the states. Of course, this has brought out the anti-voter ID whiners
Sen. Angela Bryant, D-Nash, pointed out that the current changes in voting laws and the requirement for voters to present photo identification at the polls will not stop anyone from voting in two states.
Voting rights advocate Bob Phillips with Common Cause NC said he, too, is concerned about the repoirt and wants to see the cases investigated. But he said it still doesn’t justify House Bill 589, the 2013 law that included voter ID and several other key changes.
“In my mind, it doesn’t justify cutting early voting. It doesn’t justify eliminating same-day voter registration. It has nothing to do with eliminating the pre-registration for 16- and 17-year-olds. A lot of what 589 did, that is not connected to this information,” Phillips said. “But I’m saying – as an advocate for good government, and an advocate for easy, accessible voting – sure, this needs to be looked at.”
Do they have a point? Of course. None of the 589 measures will stop this particular type of voting fraud, right? Ah, but it can. One must have a North Carolina ID to vote (or something else that shows you actually live here). It’s not a perfect system, but it can help reduce the double voting. Either way, this shows that fraud does occur.
And you can bet your bottom dollar (not hard to find in the Obamaeconomy) that Democrats will fight tooth and nail against any reforms.