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VIP Research Triggers Election Officials’ Damage Control

Apr 14, 2022 (Fayetteville, NC) The Cumberland County Board of Elections (CBE) staff must have panicked after Voter Integrity Project’s Jerry Reinoehl used the public comment period to identify six people who appear to have registered to vote 122 years ago and then filed to run as candidates in Fayetteville area races a few weeks ago.

Within 24 hours of Jerry’s speech, election officials had corrected the records for the six candidates (shown in this briefing), but questions linger about their remaining 5,874 voters who stand as monuments of incompetence in performing the CBE’s assigned duty to maintain their voter rolls.

In Reinoehl’s letter to the Board’s Interim Director, Angie Amaro, he wrote, “my concern is with the accuracy of the voter registration dates 1/1/1900 and 1/1/1901 of approximately 5,880 Cumberland County eligible voters.”

Such antique voters have been excused away since at least 2010 after Susan Myrick, the former election analyst for NC Civitas, blogged about finding 3,090 people who voted in 2008 who “were 108 years old at the time.” Those voters were among “over 19,000 voters whose age reflects the number 110 in Cumberland, Guilford, Forsyth, and Davidson counties.”

At the time, state election officials blamed the problem on how older (or “legacy”) voter registrations had been merged into a statewide database created in the early 2000s. Those older registrations, they claimed, only listed the voters’ age, while the database required a six-digit date of birth.

So instead of contacting the voters to get their birth dates, election officials flagged the records with the impossible registration date, but they failed to develop a plan of action and the inaccuracies remained.

The good news is that most counties have taken the time and effort to update these records.

Fourteen years after Myrick’s discovery, Reinoehl’s research shows the 19,000 figure has declined to 7,083.

At second worse, McDowell County election officials have noting to crow about. Cumberland County stands alone as the worst offender by an order of magnitude.

At least they managed to cover up their incompetence on their six voters who happened to file as candidates for public office.

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