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Fix the Floyd Amendment

July 11, 2019 (Raleigh) – Despite the stellar efforts the NC House and Senate have made in preventing (criminal?) enterprise-level absentee ballot voter fraud, they still need to fix one provision snuck into 2018’s voter ID law that will make California-style absentee ballot chaos the new normal in North Carolina.

 The perpetrator, Rep. Elmer Floyd, snuck in loophole during a committee debate over requiring absentee voters to provide voter ID “in the same manner as is required for in-person voters.” And that last clause caused problems.

For unknown reasons, Democrats have pushed this idea in floor debates for years and Republicans have always resisted. This time, Committee Chairman David Lewis expressed support for the amendment and it sailed through the process by a 106-1 floor vote (during the 2017-18 session).

At issue (see Page 2, Lines 26-32) gutted the requirement for absentee voters to tie themselves to a government entity, like DMV or the Social Security Administration. Before the Sneaky Floyd amendment, those requesting an absentee ballot had to provide . . .

(4) One or more of the following in the order of preference:
a. The number of the voter’s North Carolina drivers license issued under Article 2 of Chapter 20 of the General Statutes, including a learner’s permit or a provisional license.
b. The number of the voter’s special identification card for nonoperators issued under G.S. 20-37.7.
c. The last four digits of the applicant’s social security number.

The three reasons those personal identifiers are so important are:

  1. It slows down the California-style ballot “seeders” who ordered hundreds of thousands of absentee ballots without the voters’ knowledge. According to a report from our sister organization, EIP-Ca, those unwitting voters arrived at the polls and were forced to vote provisionally. In 2018, this gave the highly partisan LA County BOE the ability to handle 390,000 provisional ballots, a 222% increase over the comparable election, four years earlier.
  2. It ties the voter to a real person, known by either the NC DMV or the US Social Security Administration and prevents illegal voting by embedded fake or “phantom” voters who were smart enough to avoid detection in 2008’s ACORN scandals. In case you thought those crimes only happened elsewhere, our Lexis-Nexis researcher found NC’s ACORN gang was investigated in 2008 over “about a hundred” suspicious (fake) registrations in Durham County and exactly 30 in Wake County. And no. Neither the two counties’ District Attorneys nor the state’s Attorney General Roy Cooper bothered to prosecute the cases.
  3. It helps prevent non-citizens from illegally voting in our elections. To those who scoff at the idea of non-US citizens on North Carolina’s voter rolls, we recommend you study carefully the recent filing by PILF in their lawsuit against NC’s BOE for not providing any proof that they are making efforts to remove non-citizens from the voter rolls.

The good news is that the NC House has the chance to fix the Floyd problem by amending Senate Bill 683, to reinstate those elements of Personally-Identifying Information (called “P-I-I”) for their absentee voters. While it’s a nice idea to treat absentee voters exactly like in-person voters, they’re not the same and any sane court of law would agree.

But here’s the bottom line: By adding the Floyd Amendment into NC’s voter ID law, voter impersonation fraud is easier to commit today than it was before we had a voter ID law on the books.

Now . . . what are you going to do about it?

-jd

 

 

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