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.
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.