(Raleigh, NC)—OCT 29, 2012—Voter integrity Project of NC, the grass-roots organization that recently uncovered “almost 30,000” deceased people still on North Carolina’s voter rolls, has now discovered how simple it is for dead voters to have their identity (and vote) stolen 15 years after they have died.
A recent Fox Charlotte news story showed how easily a dead person can “vote” under current NC election law. It was the story of a woman (named Vicki) who was sickened to learn that her mother was still on the voter roll, 15 years past her death.
“Vicki demonstrated just how easy it is for anybody to walk into a North Carolina Early Voting site and steal a vote,” said Jay DeLancy, Executive Director of VIP-NC, “but what really bothers us is how the regular list-maintenance procedures didn’t remove this deceased woman, since she died in 1997.”
Late last week, Vicki entered a Rowan County Early Voting location and obtained a ballot in the name of her (35 years older) deceased mother. The poll worker gave Vicki her mother’s Authorization to Vote and it was all caught on tape.
To be clear, Vicki did not actually cast a ballot or break any laws, but there is no law to prevent someone from casting a vote in her deceased mother’s name. . . except for the fear of being caught. If the poll worker had bothered to look up, she might have noticed that Vicki was 35 years younger than the woman she claimed to be; but even then, the worker still would not have been allowed to ask Vicki for a photo ID.
“If we confronted election officials with Vicki’s story, they would either threaten us with prosecution or they would try to quell public anxiety by reminding us that ‘no vote fraud actually happened,” said DeLancy, “but as every voter knows, the next step in Vicki’s process was to trade her ATV for a ballot—with no questions asked.”
VIP-NC has been pushing for reform of North Carolina’s antiquated election laws and for promoting real voter ID as one viable solution, but critics have called voter ID continue to deny the existence of election fraud and demand proof at the same time.
“Short of Vicki actually casting a vote, her actions put truth to the lie that ‘there is no vote fraud in North Carolina,’” said DeLancy. “Besides, it’s a non sequitur, like believing that if no tickets were written today on I-85 and then nobody was speeding.”