According to a report obtained by Watchdog.org, nearly seven million people are registered to vote in two or more states, Kenric Ward said Wednesday.
The latest interstate voter cross check counted 6,951,484 overlapping registrations in just 28 states. The three largest states -- California, Texas and Florida -- are not included in the report. Ward said the numbers are "just the tip of the iceberg."
As we reported in April, evidence indicated massive voter fraud took place in North Carolina during the 2012 election. Initial findings revealed that 35,750 voters with the same first and last name and date of birth were registered in N.C. and another state and voted in both states in the general election.
“Our nation’s voter rolls are a mess,” said Catherine Engelbrecht, president of the election watchdog group True The Vote. “Sensible approaches to roll maintenance are fought tooth and nail by radical special interests who can use the duplicity in the system to their advantage."
Clara Belle Wheeler, a member of the Albemarle County, Va., Election Board, said duplicate registration is an open invitation to voter fraud.
“This ability to vote more than once dilutes the legal votes and changes the results of elections," she added.
"The interstate cross-check program matches first and last names and dates of birth to identify multiple registrations," Ward explained. Unfortunately, the data is not used to purge duplicates from voter rolls.
Engelbrecht went on to say that increasingly lax standards in the election process produces increasingly unreliable results. Worse yet, some politicians and special interest groups apparently do not care to correct the problem.
“The few conversations that are had about how to shore up these weaknesses are immediately seized on by certain politicians and special-interest groups as fuel to further divide American voters based on trumped-up race and class-based narratives," she added.
But, she said, the “vicious cycle” can be broken “if citizens wake up, stand up and refuse to settle for a broken system.”
Jay DeLancy, executive director of the Voter Integrity Project of North Carolina, said the solution is simple.
“First, tie registrations more closely to (each state’s) Department of Motor Vehicles. All voter ID cards would originate there,” he said. “As is today, when we get an ID card from DMV, we get registered to vote — but turning in your former state’s ID card should revoke your right to vote in the state that issued it."
“Second, make it a felony to possess a voter ID card — or any other DMV-issued ID card — from more than one state," he added.
“Third, we would only be allowed to vote from the address on that ID card. If a voter shows up with the wrong address, the vote is provisional until the card is corrected,” he concluded.
DeLancy said the fix he outlined would not require a federal ID card, nor would it require more federal agents. The process would require states to tighten up, but that could be a challenge.
Wheeler said the Virginia State Board of Elections and Department of Elections “have had their funding reduced greatly by the (Terry) McAuliffe administration.” McAuliffe, Ward notes, is a Democrat.
“With reduced funding, they have a grossly limited staff and thus, will be greatly limited in the ability to do the cross checks and reduce voter fraud,” Wheeler added.
In April, Ward said there are some 44,000 people registered to vote in both Virginia and Maryland. Reagan George, president of the Virginia Voters Alliance, acknowledged that only 164 of those people voted in both states during the 2012 election.
Nevertheless, that's 164 too many, and there's no telling how many people voted in other neighboring states.