Conservatives have been lambasted by the left for advocating voter ID laws that supposedly disenfranchise minorities, but North Carolina is presenting evidence that such safeguards are sorely needed:
State elections officials said Wednesday that they’re investigating hundreds of cases of voters who appear to have voted in two states and several dozen who appear to have voted after their deaths.
…North Carolina’s check found 765 registered North Carolina voters who appear to match registered voters in other states on their first names, last names, dates of birth and the final four digits of their Social Security numbers. Those voters appear to have voted in North Carolina in 2012 and also voted in another state in 2012.
…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.
“A lot of states don’t provide last four SSN, or they don’t have that information,” Strach explained.
In addition to these alarming discrepancies, North Carolina found 13,416 deceased voters who remained on the voter rolls as of October 2013. Many of these have not proven to result in actual votes, but some have:
WRAL.com reported that 81 residents who died before election day were recorded as casting a ballot. While about 30 of those voters appear to have legally cast ballots before election day, Strach said “there are between 40 and 50 [voters] who had died at a time that that’s not possible.”
The Democrats’ argument that voter ID laws are about racism and voter suppression is laughable at best. Regardless of the exact numbers and the effect they had on any prior elections, it is clear there are cases that shouldn’t happen, and therefore the system should be reevaluated in a common sense manner to determine how to eliminate any cases of fraud.