Video: “Thousands of cases” of voter fraud in North Carolina

posted at 12:41 pm on April 3, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

What happens when voter-registration officials get updates on death certificates and records from other states? In North Carolina, they find massive voter fraud. As many as 35,000 North Carolina voters may have voted in another state in the 2012 election, and Republicans are claiming vindication for their efforts to tighten voter-ID checks:

The audit showed 155,692 registered North Carolina voters whose first and last names, dates of birth and last four digits of their Social Security number match those of voters registered in other states, but who most recently registered or voted elsewhere.

A total of 35,750 voters with matching first and last names and date of birth were registered in North Carolina and another state, and voted in both states in the 2012 general election.

Another 765 voters with an exact match of first and last name, date of birth and last four digits of their Social Security number were registered and voted in the 2012 general election in North Carolina and another state.

“We have fraud and error vulnerabilities in our election system. The fact that we potentially have thousands of people voting in more than one state greatly concerns me,” said Rep. David Lewis, chairman of the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee and the lead author of the Voter Identification and Verification Act.

Another 81 voters are confirmed to have “voted” after the date of their death in 2012. That’s a pretty neat trick, one usually not seen outside the confines of Chicago. The issue of voter-ID requirements was the topic of a New York Times article this week, which Jazz Shaw criticized for its assumption that the law was designed to make it harder for people to vote. Perhaps this data will have them reconsidering their editorial spin on the story … but don’t bet on it.

The actual number of these cases may decline downward from 35,750, as they may contain genuine coincidences and some errors in data entry. But the scope of the matches suggest that the final number won’t be limited to three digits, either. Guy Benson says this is part of a pattern emerging from the lack of competent protections against fraud at the ballot box:

Several weeks ago, we highlighted a 2012 report out of Florida in which a local reporter took it upon himself to use a single, extremely narrow method to ferret out voter fraud. By cross-referencing Florida’s voter rolls with jury duty cards on which people had checked a box declining to serve due to their non-citizen status, the NBC correspondent pinpointed nearly 100 ineligible voters in his county alone. Several admitted on camera to (a) not being US citizens, and (b) voting in US elections. “I vote every year!” one woman boasted. Last week, the California State Senate voted to suspend three Democratic members, one of whom was recently convicted of eight felonies, including multiple counts of voter fraud. Yet the “myth” of voter fraud remains solidly ensconced within the Left’s political catechism. Voter fraud undeniably exists. The extent to which it exists remains unclear, as the stunning results of North Carolina’s audit demonstrate. Voter ID laws reflect common sense, are constitutional, and are overwhelmingly popular. I’ll leave you with the Democrat Party Chairwoman openly celebrating a court decision that halted a Republican-initiated effort to purge a swing state’s voter rolls of ineligible and non-citizen voters. She tweeted this hours before the North Carolina story broke:

Democrats want “more participation, not less” — even if that increased participation results in fraud that undermines our electoral system, apparently. I wonder why?

Perhaps they should start answering that question. And maybe the cross-checks should involve all 50 states, and not just the 28 that participated in this audit.

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why is it on every thread people need to be reminded frank lib is doing snark?
consider him a talented stephen colbert.

dmacleo on April 3, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Wait, there must be some mistake.

Democrats, the Congress Black Caucus, and a posse of Leftists and Racial Grievance Mongers too numerous to list have assured us that vote fraud is a fantasy exploited by racist Republicans to keep minorities from voting.

This story is probably a complete fabrication fostered by those same racists. I’m sure it will be debunked by Media Matters directly.

novaculus on April 3, 2014 at 2:36 PM

Frank Lib on April 3, 2014 at 1:01 PM

And this is why you’re one of my favorite new posters on the site.

That, and the numerous respondents in thread after thread reminding me of the calls that Phil Hendrie would get on his radio program. :)

The Schaef on April 3, 2014 at 2:37 PM

But I’ve been assured there is no such thing as voter fraud.

John the Libertarian on April 3, 2014 at 2:38 PM


I read that story in Free Republic: However, the hyperlink they provided to accompany their story has magically disappeared.

Del Dolemonte on April 3, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Huh, that’s odd. I was able to find it on Highbeam too, also shown as being a WaPo Nov. 17th 2000 article, on page A01 no less, but not at WaPo itself:

Another Race To the Finish; 1960’s Election Was Close But Nixon Didn’t Haggle

Rational Db8 on April 3, 2014 at 2:52 PM

why is it on every thread people need to be reminded frank lib is doing snark?
consider him a talented stephen colbert.

dmacleo on April 3, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Perhaps because he snarks so well – consider it a tribute to snark when others call him out as if he’s being serious. Or a damnation of the insane things that people are actually saying out there in comment sections that sound exactly like Frank Lib’s snark – only they are entirely serious. It’s never safe to assume someone’s snarking anymore – there are too many nutcakes who mean it entirely and wholeheartedly.

Rational Db8 on April 3, 2014 at 2:55 PM

More Democrat “participation” equals more FRAUD.

“Nothing is more unreliable than the populace, nothing more obscure than human intentions, nothing more deceptive than the whole electoral system.”
~ Marcus Tullius Cicero

SpiderMike on April 3, 2014 at 3:08 PM

So you, Ditkaka, 22044, Schadenfreude and others can figure this one out but nonpartisan is real?
Talk about a disconnect.

Lanceman on April 3, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Partisanhack says really stupid crap, and not in a snarky way – so if he’s not a real libtard, he’s nowhere near as skilled as Frank.

dentarthurdent on April 3, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Frank – Have you reached your daily bag limit yet?

dentarthurdent on April 3, 2014 at 3:11 PM

Urban Elitist and I_Am_Liberal, we await your erudite contributions to this thread.

Maddie on April 3, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Up there in Wisconsin, how many times did they count the vote? They just keep finding more votes till they win and the public is lied to again. The fraud is getting old until someone does an investigation.

mixplix on April 3, 2014 at 3:41 PM

Ed Morrissey on April 3, 2014 at 1:04 PM

That’s JUST the point, Ed. I live in Raleigh and I happen to KNOW the margin was FAR larger than that. Even here, in uberDem Raleigh, he was FAR underwater, yet barely lost – here.

PJ Emeritus on April 3, 2014 at 3:56 PM

Perhaps they should start answering that question. And maybe the cross-checks should involve all 50 states, and not just the 28 that participated in this audit.

And put the fraudsters in jail and keep them there too serve their entire sentences.

workingclass artist on April 3, 2014 at 4:42 PM

It’s amazing how unsurprised I am by this.

squint on April 3, 2014 at 5:14 PM

Cries of racism, sexism, homophobia to follow

jaywemm on April 3, 2014 at 5:55 PM

Voting fraud is like cockroaches, if you see one, there are 300 more you didn’t see.

I always wondered what was up with “early voting” and needing more than 1 day to vote etc. But I guess if you’re voting in more than 1 state you’re going to need travel time & stuff.

Oxymoron on April 3, 2014 at 6:28 PM

why is it on every thread people need to be reminded frank lib is doing snark?
consider him a talented stephen colbert.

dmacleo on April 3, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Oh, don’t insult the man. He’s way beyond Colbert. Half the fun is watching the outrage.

Cheese Wheel on April 3, 2014 at 6:40 PM

It would be nice if anyone confirmed to have voted fraudulently was permananetly barred from voting in federal elections.

talkingpoints on April 3, 2014 at 7:04 PM

So what? Yeah, we may finesse a few votes from very recently deceased Democrats (they were going to vote our way anyway) and a few folks get well-deserved Bonus votes, but this is a drop in the bucket compared to all the Democrat voters who are prevented from voting due to racist laws requiring ID cards (obviously aimed at black voters). Not to mention the millions and millions of Democrat votes lost due to confusing ballots, vague voting instructions and often bewildering directions to voting stations.

I didn’t even get into the subject of voter intimidation at the polling places…

Frank Lib on April 3, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Love the bonus vote concept. Coming soon to a defense argument near you.

talkingpoints on April 3, 2014 at 7:10 PM

Now if we could only get all of those aborted babies registered.

Oxymoron on April 3, 2014 at 8:02 PM

Frank Lib on April 3, 2014 at 1:01 PM

I like how you roll.

22044 on April 3 at 1:15 PM

Frank, I like how you role.

texacalirose on April 3, 2014 at 8:37 PM

Well, well, well. What’s the ‘Moral Monday’ gang led by the Rev. NAACP leader going to say now, other than Sen. Tim Scott is a puppet.

Raleigh is uber-dem? You bet it is.

shades_of_gasden on April 3, 2014 at 9:28 PM

There are studies that show you are literally 35,750 times more likely to be beamed up by a UFO than find a case of voter fraud.

Haha. When I saw this on drudge yesterday, the first thing I thought of was “somebody get joy Reid on the phone”.

I’ve long believed that the democrats officially strategise, to the uppermost echelons of the party, to steal elections via fraud. I can’t imagine they’d so vehemently oppose such obvious measures to ensure the democratic integrity of our elections.

Now, I’m entirely certain of it. One doesn’t steal 35 000 votes without a concerted criminal effort.

jaxisaneurophysicist on April 4, 2014 at 4:15 AM

Well, well, well. What’s the ‘Moral Monday’ gang led by the Rev. NAACP leader going to say now, other than Sen. Tim Scott is a puppet.

shades_of_gasden on April 3, 2014 at 9:28 PM

Oh, something like this:

“The NC NAACP, on behalf of all our branches and members, filed a complaint, along with (92-year-old) Mrs. Rosanell Eaton, and other plaintiffs… against the Governor of North Carolina in Middle District Federal Court,” Rev. William Barber, president of the state NAACP, told reporters at the group’s Durham headquarters.

“The legal challenge is filed by the North Carolina NAACP,” Rev. Barber continued. “It charges that the law violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, which bans voting procedures that discriminate on the basis of race, color, or membership in one of the language minority groups. The suit also challenges the law under the 14th and 15th Amendments of the U.S. Constitution.”

“This bill is not just about voter ID requirements,” Rev. Barber maintained. “It is 57 pages of regressive, unconstitutional acts to rig and manipulate elections through voter suppression. Our lawsuit will show how this voter suppression bill in its many eerie elements, revisits the tactics of Jim Crow in the 21st century are a form of what we have called for months James Crow Esquire tactics because each suppression tactic has a disproportionate, disparate, and discriminatory impact especially on African Americans and other minorities. This act of the Legislature and governor is about race, an outright attempt to manipulate voting and the result of voting through suppressing the African American vote and the votes of others that expand the electorate in ways not often favorable to the support of a narrow and extreme political agenda.”
– See more at:

BigAlSouth on April 4, 2014 at 5:17 AM

Just like the stories about people having problems because of Obamacare, this is all a LIE made up by Republicans! Every American knows there is no such thing as ‘voter fraud’, we don’t need Voter ID Cards with photos on them, and no one in the IRS deliberately targeted anyone…Harry Reid and the Democrats said so!

easyt65 on April 4, 2014 at 7:41 AM

it is amazing how much of almost everything you need a photo ID for
drive a car
cash a check
get on a plane
buy booze
buy smokes
buy a gun
go to a union meeting to vote
get into see a politician, just try and stroll on in to see one
white house tours.

get an abortion

but to vote, oh the horror and how the left says its racist,
the left should know about racism
who owned slaves southern democrats
lincoln was a republican
who was the KKK democrats
who had poll tax, democrats
who had segregation, democrast
who did grandfather clause to vote, democrats
who had literacy to vote, democrats
who stood in the door of the school house, democrats
which party had Robert Byrd a grand wizard of the klan, democrats

sniffles1999 on April 4, 2014 at 9:55 AM

I don’t think the Democratic Party in general and the Left in particular fully understand how damaging voter fraud is to the country.

Without ballots, there can only be bullets. That’s why there must be free and fair elections. Why can’t they see this?

troyriser_gopftw on April 3, 2014 at 1:57 PM

Yep. I feel badly for all the honest Democrat politicians and Media members who will suffer just because of the excesses, however well-intended, of their leaders.
Imagine this terrible scenario. You are one of the many honest, hard working Democrat politicians and propagandists. You have sacrificed yourself, day in and day out for the collective. You, of course, knew that voter fraud and deception were merely necessary evils along the path of achieving true social justice, not to mention a sweet job with excellent benefits, an elite health insurance plan and an unbelieveable retirement scheme, and it suddenly dawns on you that your leaders had inadvertently set themselves and you up for disaster. Perhaps you accidentally stumbled across some arcane phrase while surfing the net such as: “But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.” Or perhaps you were drifting off to sleep in your recliner and semi-subliminally absorbed a History Channel program about Mussolini or Ceaucescu.
And now here you are strangely hyper-alert and starting to panic a bit. thinking about being stuck smack dab in the middle of an extremely well-armed and highly pissed-off group of those ignorant, unenlightened and regressive, knuckle-dragging Neandertals that you joked about at your Democrat/Media planning committee sessions. And now you’re peeping out the curtain, a liitle sweaty, heart beating rapidly, wondering when it will begin.

I feel horrible for them all- from local dog catcher to dog eater. No, really.

justltl on April 4, 2014 at 10:40 AM