FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Who is the North Carolina Voter Integrity Project (VIP-NC)?

Organized by Jay DeLancy and john Pizzo in 2011, VIP-NC is a tax-exempt 501(c)(4) organization dedicated to ensuring open and honest elections for all lawfully registered voters.

 

Why does your group advocate photo ID for voting?

There are many types of voter fraud and there is no single remedy that would prevent all fraud, but common-sense requirements for voters to prove their identity before being allowed to cast a vote are long overdue in the United States.

 

Doesn’t voter ID unfairly target the poor and minorities?

This claim is based on paternalistic racism that says the poor and minorities are incapable of getting a photo ID card, so we have to accommodate this stereotype by creating fraud-friendly election laws. The fact is that in 2013, our state passed a law requiring the DMV to provide a free ID card if the voter cannot afford it. the law even required taxpayers to cover up to $25 of the cost for a certified copy birth certificate if the voter needed that document in order to obtain a state-issued ID card or driver license.

 

Doesn’t voter ID disenfranchise the poor and minorities?

No. Lawyers from The Brennan Center once sampled residents of New York City to discover that a large percentage did not have a driver license “readily available” and extrapolated that data to the entire nation. This research was bogus on several accounts. First, NY City is one of the few cities in America that sustains millions of occupants who have never owned a car. In the rest of the nation, one cannot function without privately owned conveyance, so most have licenses. Second, the “readily available” terminology is too vague. One might go home and get their ID card if they needed it to conduct civic duties like voting or visiting their elected Congressman in a federal building. Also, both Georgia and Indiana defended their voter ID laws at the SCOTUS level; and in both cases, the plaintiffs could not produce one single witness who was unable to vote because of the photo ID law. In the end, the court ruled 6 – 3 in favor of states requiring voter ID as a fraud prevention measure and the majority opinion was written by the reliably liberal Justice, John Paul Stevens (from Chicago).

 

Experts say there is no voter impersonation fraud, which is the type fraud that voter ID would prevent, so why do you insist there is?

The main study cited by vote fraud deniers was authored by Justin Levitt, a Loyola Law School attorney who found only 31 “credible” cases of voter impersonation fraud out of 1 billion ballots cast in America and concluded that this type of fraud simply doesn’t exist. This fallacy in social science research is called “confirming the null hypothesis,” meaning “I didn’t see it, so it doesn’t exist.” It’s tantamount to concluding that nobody was speeding because the cops didn’t write any tickets. This type of fallacy would normally earn a failing grade in grad school, but Levitt is a lawyer and not a social scientist. In a personal phone conversation with the author, he initially agreed that one could not jump to that conclusion and blamed that assumption on faulty interpretation by the reader. We offered him the opportunity to explain this problem for us in a filmed interview, but he declined.

 

What types of vote fraud has your group found?

The only types of vote fraud we’ve confirmed in North Carolina involved 1) voters casting multiple ballots by using different names; 2) interstate double voting; 3) abuse of mentally incompetent voters; 4) Same Day Registration voters who never resided in the jurisdiction; 5) and self-identified non-citizens who voted. We’re still devising methods to confirm several other types of vote fraud, but we don’t discuss current research projects.

 

Where is your proof of fraud?

Actually, we do have prosecutions. Our most infamous prosecution involved Pasco Parker, a man we detected to have voted in three states for the same presidential election. If you search his name on this website’s search widget, you can see how he was our favorite perp to date.

 

Why does your group say that North Carolina’s voter ID law is “lax”?

First, it enables too many types of voters to vote without producing a centrally controlled photo ID. These include hundreds of types of ID cards, making it impossible to authenticate any of them. Second, it has gaping loopholes by allowing non-photo (called “HAVA”) ID to substitute for voters who make an excuse for not having a photo ID. Third, it required ID for absentee ballots and then created a paperwork loophole for any absentee voter who didn’t want to provide a copy of their ID card. These loopholes combine to make NC (and VA for that matter) two of the weakest voter ID states in America. You can show your ID . . .  but why bother?

 

Voting is so sacred an act that requiring an ID is an unlawful “Jim-Crow” impediment?

We disagree. It takes a valid state-issued ID to conduct commercial acts like renting a car or cashing a check; but it also takes a valid state-issued ID card in order to obtain welfare benefits or visit a federal building, which is where Congressmen and Senators normally work. So, while exercising our right to vote is important, so is exercising our right to petition lawmakers or buying a gun and nobody questions the wisdom of requiring valid ID for those civic acts.

 

How is the VIP-NC funded?

We are funded by donations from individuals who are concerned about the integrity and security of our electoral system. We are tax-exempt under IRS § 501(c)(4), meaning we can accept private and corporate donations but they are not tax-deductible.

 

Why is an organization like the VIP-NC necessary?

The State Board of Elections is mandated by Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 for states to regularly maintain their voter registration lists. Various county election boards have been remiss in their “list maintenance” function, thereby leaving North Carolina’s voter registration rolls open to fraud. If the government employees are negligent in this simple task, it raises questions about what other core tasks they are failing to accomplish and that is why we are here: If election officials were more proactive in their duties, we wouldn’t need to worry as much about election fraud.

 

Is VIP-NC affiliated with any other organization?

We are a stand-alone organization but have members and supporters who are registered as Democrats, Republicans and Unaffiliated voters. We have friends and acquaintances who share our concerns in other states, but our “affiliations” with them is still being formalized.

 

What is your affiliation with True the Vote?

We initially were the NC representatives for True the Vote, but they terminated the arrangement in 2012 for unspecified reasons. While we now have no formal affiliation with them, they inspired us during the formative years of America’s election integrity movement.

 

Why is it important to remove the names of deceased people from the voter rolls?

Nationwide, there have been numerous cases of dead people being victims of voter identity theft. While this type of voter fraud is rare in North Carolina, it has been found on a massive scale in other states. The way it works is that if the names of deceased individuals are not removed from the voter rolls, someone else can steal their identity and vote in their place. With any real voter identification laws being opposed and undermined by the Left at every turn, we have pushed for tighter voter list maintenance to mitigate this particular risk to the electoral process.

 

What gives you the right to remove voters from the voter roll?

We don’t remove voters from the voter rolls and never have. We provide the Board of Elections with evidence of people whom we believe are ineligible to vote because they are deceased or otherwise ineligible. It is up to each county’s Board of Elections to make the final determination and remove ineligible voters from the rolls. This “right” is authorized under Article 8 of North Carolina General Statutes.

 

How does VIP-NC conduct its research?

We proactively obtain public data from various government sources (including the State Board of Elections) to determine if any patterns of fraud or neglect emerge in the data. In short, we’re doing their job.

 

What’s the big deal about voter fraud? Both sides cheat, so doesn’t it balance out?

Since this crime is so difficult to detect, there is really no way to measure how much vote fraud goes on, nor is there any way to make sure the amount of cheating is balanced; so the better approach is to prevent as much cheating as possible while realizing that people are always going to innovate and find new ways to steal votes (and elections). We have seen what happens in countries like Russia, North Korea, Iran and Venezuela when people just throw up their hands and give up: They get the government they deserve. We should exercise our freedom to monitor elections or else we will lose it (and a whole lot more).