State Legislators Among NC’s Duplicate Voters

Back in April the North Carolina State Board of Elections announced they had uncovered 35,750 voters in North Carolina whose first name, last name and date of birth matched an active voter in another state.

Readers of the Progressive Pulse will likely recall that Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and House Speaker Thom Tillis issued a joint statement just an hour after that committee hearing saying the report provided “alarming evidence” of voter fraud, even though the State Board of Elections director cautioned legislators that there could be several explanations for those findings. dup2

Bob Hall, executive director of Democracy North Carolina, called those statements of fraud “irresponsible” and has since criticized the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program saying that it could needlessly create new barriers to voting, based on a flawed understanding of the data.

Today Democracy NC announced that four current state lawmakers are among that group of North Carolina voters who share a first name, last name and birthday with an individual registered to vote in another state.

The four legislators are Democrats Rep. Duane Hall and Rep. Rodney Moore and Republicans Rep. Charles Jeter and Sen. Ronald Rabin. Each one has a duplicate with the same first and last name and exact same date of birth in another state – in Florida, South Carolina, New York, and Mississippi, respectively.

“This kind of duplicate only proves that people routinely forget to cancel their old registration, not that there’s mass voter fraud. It’s unfortunate that some zealots are using the fear of fraud in a way that can hurt innocent people,”explained Hall.

In addition, Democracy North Carolina found duplicate voters for 9 other legislators with a date of birth that was just one day off from the legislator’s: Reps. Rob Bryan, Ted Davis, Linda Johnson, Tim Moore, Stephen Ross, Roger West, and Senators William Cook, Jim Davis, and Michael Walters.

“When you match up large databases, you’ll find these kinds of duplicates more often than you may suspect,” Hall pointed out. “I don’t doubt there are some cases of actual fraud, and even fewer that would be solved by a photo identification requirement, but there are far more citizens who are being disenfranchised because of poor poll worker training and changes that make voting more difficult.”

To read Democracy North Carolina’s full press release, click here.



  1. Jim

    May 12, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    The next question is have these names voted in other State elections, and here, then are they the same people.

  2. perry

    May 12, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    Sorry, not a match. Birthdays do NOT match , one day difference. Read more carefully.

  3. One confirmed

    May 12, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    So the article said that there were 4 EXACT matches and 9 that were one day off. Read more carefully.
    Also, considering that Ronald Rabin used to live in Mississippi, it’s highly likely that the Robert Rabin with the same birthday that’s registered in Mississippi is him. Do I think he’s guilty of voter fraud because of this? No, but he is guilty of hypocrisy. The main point this goes a long way towards proving is that the GOP’s point about the dual registration being proof of voter fraud is anything but proof.

  4. Dave Burton

    May 13, 2014 at 10:25 am

    It’s not the people who’re still REGISTERED in more than one State that are the problem. It’s the people who VOTED in more than one State, in the SAME election.

    35,750 voters with the same first & last name, and date-of-birth, were registered in both NC and another state, and VOTED in both States in the 2012 general election. Of them, 765 voters who voted in both States also listed the same last four digits of their SSN in both States.

    Those were not name coincidences. Statistically, if you pick two random people, then they;ll have the same last four SSN digits just one time in ten thousand. So only 3 or 4 of those 765 voters who apparently voted in multiple States in the same election are attributable to random coincidence. The rest are felons.

    That is MASSIVE voter fraud, and it’s based on analyses of the records of just 28 States. If the other States were included, the numbers would doubtless be even larger.

    Additionally, 81 deceased voters apparently voted after they died.

    That is a HUGE scandal. The scale of that fraud is sufficiently large to call into question the results of quite a few elections.

  5. Vonna Vigline

    May 13, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Wanted to share this on facebook but that link is broken….please fix….

  6. Clayton Henkel

    May 13, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Vonna – not sure why the Facebook link won’t work for you. Please try cutting and pasting the url into your Facebook post: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/05/12/state-legislators-among-ncs-duplicate-voters/

  7. LayintheSmakDown

    May 13, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    Well 4 down, 34096 to go. So we have proved that .0114% may not be voter fraud.

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