When I wrote about a Cincinnati precinct worker who was convicted of voter fraud for voting for at least 6 other people and possibly more, one liberal chimed in that voter fraud is almost non-existent. This person obviously neglected the facts of how many dead people, pets and non-citizens voted in primaries and general elections and how Democrats were caught teaching people how to vote in more than one state. They also failed to acknowledge how many reports there were of voting machines that automatically counted Romney votes for Obama. They also ignored the statistical improbability of over 100 precincts in the same town reporting 100% of the vote for Obama.
If that skeptic is still reading my posts, I want them to pay special attention to a new elections audit that reveals thousands of cases of voter fraud. The audit was conducted in North Carolina by Elections Director Kim Strauch and was then presented to the Joint Legislative Elections Oversight Committee. They were able to obtain voting records from 28 states to help with their audit.
The audit found:
“81 voters have a voter history later than the date of their death. The audit further identified 13,416 deceased voters on voter rolls in Oct. 13.”
“The audit showed 155,692 registered North Carolina voters whose first and last names, dates of birth and last four digits of their Social Security number match those of voters registered in other states, but who most recently registered or voted elsewhere.”
“A total of 35,750 voters with matching first and last names and date of birth were registered in North Carolina and another state, and voted in both states in the 2012 general election.”
“Another 765 voters with an exact match of first and last name, date of birth and last four digits of their Social Security number were registered and voted in the 2012 general election in North Carolina and another state.”
State Rep. David Lewis, Chairman of the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee and the lead author of the Voter Identification and Verification Act in North Carolina commented:
“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.”
Of all of the instances of double voter registration, dead people voting and so forth, only 121 cases were turned over to the appropriate district attorney’s office for prosecution. They used this miniscule figure to say that voter fraud only accounted for 0.00174% of the nearly 7 million votes cast in North Carolina in the 2012 primaries and general elections.
But what about all of the other instances they cite? I know you can’t prosecute dead people, but are these instances not taken into account as they downplay the extent of voter fraud? What about all of the people registered in North Carolina and other states that voted in both states? The audit revealed that there were 35,750 people with the same first and last names, dates of birth and last four numbers of their Social Security Numbers that voted in North Carolina and other states they were registered in. This raises the figure to 0.52% voter fraud.
That may sound trivial, but depending upon which counties had how many fraudulent votes, it could easily have swayed the outcome of a number of local elections. I’ve seen many local and state elections decided by only a hundred or more votes.
Mind you this is just what North Carolina found. Imagine 35,000 people in other states that voted in more than one state. The possibility of voter fraud could count well over one and a half million votes and that is not trivial.
In North Carolina, the elections board wants to update the identification process at polling places. Part of the update would involve obtaining digital photographs and signatures of all registered voters and then checked when people show up to vote. They suggest that the photos and signatures could be used from those taken at the DMV offices when people get their driver’s licenses and they could be taken at polling places.
The bottom line is that any voter fraud is unacceptable and should not be treated lightly no matter what the circumstances. Our right and duty to vote is one of the most sacred freedoms we have in this country. Millions of Americans have died and been maimed fighting for this freedom and we owe it to them to make sure that it is not abused. One of the ways to do so is to enact voter ID laws to insure honest elections.