Tens of thousands of individuals across several of the States of the American
Union are registered to vote in
more than one State, according to a series of news reports over the last few
months both about individual States and a large group of States
In addition to concerns about ballot integrity, these duplicate registrations distort the voter turnout percentages that liberals often falsely claim are low in order to justify making registrations so easy as to make fraud even easier. Also, they are costly to States that must mail unnecessary absentee ballots or make other contacts with these voters.
Only a little over half of the States belong to an interstate consortium to cross-check voter registrations. See my post, Pennsylvania Joins the Interstate Voter Registration Cross-Check Consortium, from August of 2013, http://williamcinfici.blogspot.com/2013/08/pennsylvania-joins-interstate-voter.html.
Carolina was the latest to join, which revealed over
35,000 duplicate voter registrations in that State alone! Several hundred voters registered in North Carolina are
suspected of having voted both in that State and other States in recent
These duplicate voter registrations not only allow voters to vote twice, but allow an innocent elector who has moved from one State to another but whose name is not stricken from his original State’s voter registration roll to be impersonated by vote fraudsters. This vulnerability to voter fraud by impersonation because of duplicate registrations from State to State is another justification for voter ID requirements. I renew the call for a voter ID requirement, now that a state appellate court has struck down
Pennsylvania’s law. The voter ID laws of other states have
withstood United States Supreme Court scrutiny as constitutional. I call upon the General Assembly of
Pennsylvania to pass a law that uses one of those other states’ laws as a
Meanwhile, conservatives and all those concerned about ballot integrity from other States should urge their state legislatures to join or form voter registration cross-check consortia and, if their State has no voter ID requirement, to pass one.