(Raleigh, NC)— APR 8, 2014—The Voter Integrity Project of North Carolina, today released the results of their year-long research effort that found 5,167 people who appeared to be registered to vote in both Florida and NC, and 147 people who “were involved” in voter fraud. They gave the information to election officials in both Florida and North Carolina, in addition to a member of the NC Senate committee responsible of election law. All of the voters had a matching first name, last name and date of birth.
“For starters, we’re not accusing anybody of committing vote fraud,” said Jay DeLancy, Executive Director of VIP-NC, “but our evidence suggests that all 147 of these voters were either a victim or a perpetrator of vote fraud. We had an additional 283 voters who looked highly suspicious, but without things like Social Security or driver license numbers, we could only offer the evidence to the state for further analysis.”
The Voter Integrity Project is made up of concerned citizen volunteers who research North Carolina’s election laws to report the loopholes and inform lawmakers on how to mitigate any risks associated with election fraud. Their work, thus far, has led to five referrals for criminal prosecution.
“This particular project, called ‘FLANC-3,’ involved 22 trained researchers from across the state,” DeLancy said. “They reviewed data that had been refined by two other volunteers who are gifted at computer programming.”
The group’s first FLANC investigation, in early 2013, resulted in five voters being referred for prosecution by the NC State Board of Elections. News of those referrals helped the group convince the NC Legislature to join the Interstate Crosscheck program that resulted in last week’s announcement, involving 35,000 North Carolina voters suspected of voting twice in the 2012 General Election.
“Last week, we learned that Florida was not part of the Interstate Crosscheck program,” said DeLancy, “so we hope the news of our research today will encourage their Legislature to reconsider their decision.”
Critics of the nationwide election reform movement were quick to claim that multi-state double voting would not have been prevented under North Carolina’s voter ID law, but DeLancy’s group disagrees.
“That’s incorrect, as long as anybody can steal an extra vote just by correctly reciting the name and address of another registered voter.”