The Voting Dead

Today we learned that VIVA, the Voter ID law passed last year in the North Carolina General Assembly, found a number of devastating vulnerabilities in our current election system. The State Board of Elections gave a report today with the following information:

 

-765 voters in North Carolina match the exact first and last name, Date of Birth, and last four digits of their Social Security number of people who voted in NC and another state in the 2012 general election.
-35,750 voters with the same first and last name and DOB match voters from other states that voted in NC and another state in the 2012 general election.
-155,692 voters had the exact match of first and last names, DOB and last four digits of SSN and were registered to vote in NC and another state. NC is not the latest date of registration or activity.
-81 deceased voters have voter history later than the date of their death.

We have fraud and error vulnerabilities in our election system.  The fact that we potentially have thousands of people voting in more than one state greatly concerns me.  A vote allowed through error dilutes legal votes just as much as fraudulent votes.  As I've stated all along, I am committed to preserving the integrity of North Carolina elections and asking folks to present photo identification at the polls is just the first step in this process.

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