The Voter Integrity Project of NC was founded in 2011 by Jay DeLancy and John Pizzo, a retired quality engineer with a “Six Sigma Black Belt” from private industry. Jay DeLancy a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel. Their initial goal was to make elections more open and honest,
The plan was simple: Mine public data, analyze that data and let the evidence speak for itself. They fashioned themselves as a “trans-partisan” organization, because election laws (like the Constitution itself) should transcend political and cultural boundaries. Open and honest elections should be in everybody’s best interest.
Starting with a “voter density” study of North Carolina’s 100 counties, they began publishing their research results on-line and sharing it with media, Legislators and with peer organizations in other states.
Their second project, copied the Pulitzer Prize-winning work of the Miami Herald, who obtained the names and addresses of persons disqualified from jury duty because of their non-US citizen status. The effort of VIP led to the discovery of 130 people who had voted before they were disqualified from jury duty with 11 of these voters being subsequently referred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. This research led to subsequent consultations with the NC State Board of Elections (NC SBoE) personnel over how to detect non-citizens attempting to vote.
Their third project, garnering national headlines, led to the discovery of almost 30,000 deceased persons who were still registered to vote, some of whom had voting records after their date of death. This research identified numerous “data leakage” points in the deceased-voter removal process. It also resulted in consultations with election officials that resulted in process improvements. It also prompted a new method for county election offices to remove deceased voters in a timelier manner.
The fourth major project of the VIP involved detection of persons voting in two states for the same Federal election. By matching 11 million Florida voters with the 77 million NC voters, VIP ultimately reported more than 150 voters who were highly likely to have committed this felony. To date, (Aug 2014) the SBoE has issued five criminal referrals with more than 140 cases still being reviewed for possible referral. Prosecutions are still pending, but one voter has been identified as voting in three states and is under active investigation, leading to consultations with state election officials in Florida and Tennessee in addition to North Carolina. This project (called “FLANC,” as in Florida and NC) also resulted in the first VIP publication that was sold to the public through Amazon’s marketplace.
Other major research projects are currently underway that all point to identifying areas of election law that need process improvement and prevention strategies for abuses and illegal voting activities such as voter impersonation and intimidation.
The Spirit of Our Research
At the end of the day, voting is the great equalizer among all of our civil rights. When each American citizen enters that voting booth, we all are equal, regardless of skin color, party affiliation, social status, religious beliefs, etc. Every time another voter fraudulently takes a second vote, all of our votes are diluted. At the same time, public trust in our entire system of government is weakened that much more.
What we initially began as more of a “crowd-sourced activist team” of computer scientists, auditors and analysts has grown into a business that is quite successful at researching election law vulnerabilities and detecting large-scale patterns ranging from haphazard methodology among election boards and staff employees to actual criminal conduct among voters.
If your electoral jurisdiction would like to benefit from some of our unique approaches to this critical national problem, please contact us.
We’re always looking for talented volunteers and interns, so be sure to spread the word about our organization to any of your qualified acquaintances in North Carolina.
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