Absentee Ballot Fraud Made Easy

May 3, 2019 (Raleigh) States with pending legislation for voter ID will often get bombarded with “a study” showing how many of that state’s voters have no record of ever getting DMV-issued ID or any kind. In North Carolina, election officials claimed 612,955 would need the free ID, but after being ridiculed, they to around 250,000 such voters.

In conjuring up the larger number, the Left routinely feigns fiscal concerns and decries the cost of any voter ID law.

In Georgia’s 2007 voter ID fight, the “experts” claimed that 400k would need a free voter ID card, which would cost taxpayers millions of dollars. Alabama critics claimed 800,000 needing an ID. Nevada is next.

The opponents’ reasoning goes something like this: “Since these voters do not have a DMV-issued driver license or ID card, the taxpayers will needlessly pay millions of dollars to issue free voter ID cards.”

Two ways to blow up the lies:

Alabama SOS John Merrill

First, they have no proof of the number and it’s nowhere near reality. Alabama Secretary of State, John Merrill, told me the NAACP Legal Defense Fund claimed that his state had 800,000 such voters out of 3.5 million registered to vote.

But, since 2011, his office has only issued “around 11,000” to persons lacking a  DMV-issued ID card. In helping the truly indigent voters, his office would take mobile equipment out to their homes and issue an ID card on the spot. He noted that the law didn’t require such a front-door service, but they do it anyway. So far, they have only found three such voters.

Second, for the kill shot, we ask, “Since these voters never established residency, why are they voting in our state? How many of them don’t actually live here and are voting illegally?”

Rigging the System

President Bill Clinton’s very first law, the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA or “Motor Voter”), facilitated wholesale illegal voter registrations while adding cumbersome rules that force states to retain people on the voter rolls long after they’ve moved away or even died. Their convoluted removal process in NC takes a minimum of eight years.

Currently, NC laws on voter list maintenance require four years of voter inactivity before mailings are triggered. If those mailings are returned by the Post Office, the voter can be coded as “Inactive” and should be removed four years later. If all goes well, the process takes eight years.

Broken System 

Eight years . . .  but in 2016, Fayetteville’s Mike Hyers found one Inactive voter who had been on the rolls 25 years after she married and moved out of Cumberland County. Think about that . . . she never voted in Cumberland County but remained on their rolls for 25 years.

Even so, NC election officials are doing their jobs.

According to their January 7, 2019 email, the NC State Board of Elections removed “more than 581,000 [Inactive] voters from the voter registration rolls” in their post-2018 audit; but still, as of last Saturday, they have 965,322 Inactive voters on the rolls.

Translation: “Inactive” means nobody knows where they live . . . but they can still vote from their old address.

While our pending voter ID law can help prevent fraud in this area, our absentee voting laws make it relatively easy to activate as many voters as needed through ballot seeding and harvesting.

Bottom line, any well-funded group can disrupt . . . or even steal . . . a statewide election.

North Carolina’s Legislature has launched HB 944 to help address this problem, but there’s more work to be done!

~ jd