Thousands of North Carolina Residents May Have Voted Twice In 2012

Robert Jonathan

North Carolina's Board of Elections has determined that almost 36,000 individuals who voted in the Tar Heel state might have also voted in another state in the 2012 general election.

The data was complied from the Interstate Crosscheck database which incorporates more than 100,000 million voter records from 28 states.

According to a report from the board's executive director Kim Westbrook Strach to the state legislature, "The crosscheck also found 35,570 voters in North Carolina who voted in 2012 whose first names, last names and dates of birth match those of voters who voted in other states in 2012, but whose Social Security numbers were not matched."

In addition, 765 apparent double voters were matched by Social Security number. Evidently not all the states in the database provide SSNs.

Moreover the findings also indicated that 81 dead people voted in the election, and almost 14,000 deceased persons still appear on the rolls.

Strach and her team are investigating each instance further to determine whether voter fraud or clerical errors could be involved.

State election officials want to modernize procedures for better ballot integrity. "Strach offered a series of proposals for the state to consider to better secure its voting practices and reduce fraud, including on-site digital face-recognition or electronic-signature technology."

According to State Senator Tim Moore, "It is just as much voter suppression if votes are being cast fraudulently or illegally in this state as vote not being cast, because it is resulting in a result that does not reflect the will of the electorate."

As compared to many other countries, US voting procedures -- both in-person and absentee -- seem primitive. The US has the tech skill to help minimize voter fraud, but is the political class interested? The Obama administration and others on the left even fight tooth and nail against something as low tech and common sense as showing a government-issued photo ID at the polls. Most (but not all) Democrats and their allied groups seem to consider government-issued photo identification (usually a driver's license) as a voting requirement to be almost the equivalent of waterboarding.

In fact, the feds have already taken North Carolina to court over the state's new photo ID law. The Justice Department in Washington also opposes efforts to remove deceased people and non-citizens from the voter rolls.

As far as photo ID to vote is concerned, to function successfully in day-to-day life as a practical matter, you need a photo ID. No one seems to have a problem showing ID to get on a plane, opening up a bank account or cashing a check, picking up a package at the post office, UPS, or FedEx, applying for government assistance, checking into a motel, completing a credit card transaction, getting a beer at the ballpark, buying cigarettes (for those foolish enough to still smoke), and even to vote in a union election. You also need a photo ID to buy recreational or medical marijuana in those states where it is legal, and there have no reported problems in that regard. So even stoners or potheads have the wherewithal to obtain a government-issued photo ID.

Ironically, anti-photo ID protesters in North Carolina were required by the organizers to have photo ID to participate in a February march.

In the greatest democracy in human history, do you think US elections are still on the level?

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