According to a recent Charlotte Observer article, a Raleigh, North Carolina-based group devoted to reducing voter fraud has found nearly 30,000 names of dead people who are still registered to vote.
“It’s pretty clear that a few of those cases involved clerical errors on a busy election day,” said Jay DeLancy, Director of the Voter Integrity Project (VIP), “but others look a lot like identity theft at the ballot box. Either way, we will need to review each one very carefully.”
The nonpartisan group working toward clean, fair elections, compiled the list after obtaining death records from the state Department of Public Health and comparing them to existing voter rolls. VIP explained their findings in a post on their website:
The research almost ground to a halt when the group learned that some of the names on the list were from out-of-state deaths and are considered “unofficial,” even though the deaths were all reported through official government channels.
“It would seem normal for all states to share their death records with their out-of-state counterpart agencies,” said John Pizzo, Director of Research for VIP-NC, “but we were floored when North Carolina’s Registrar told us that South Carolina and Virginia have laws explicitly prohibiting the use of their mortality information for voter roll maintenance. Imagine that! We can use it for issues like corporate ownership and taxation, but not for taking dead people off the voter rolls!”
According to their website, the organization’s three primary goals are:
- To train, equip and organize people who want to help correct the weaknesses in our current electoral process
- To gather data on the extent of the voter-integrity problems in North Carolina
- To propose and support legislative actions that would bring long-term stability back into the electoral system