NORTH CAROLINA VOTER ID OPPONENTS BUSTED PROTECTING PHONY VOTER REGISTRATIONS

19th of February 2016

*True the Vote Research Triggers the Removal of Faulty Voter Registrations across North Carolina

*New Procedures Adopted in Multiple Counties to Prevent Future Problems

HOUSTON, TX. -- February 19, 2016: True the Vote (TTV), the nation's leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization, today released a report on its recent discovery of thousands of duplicate voter registrations in North Carolina’s ten largest counties and the coordinated attempts by left-leaning political organizations to threaten the NC counties with new litigation and hostile document demands in a failed effort to stall lawful maintenance efforts.

To date, thousands of voter registrations have been merged or purged in Wake, Guilford, Cumberland, Gaston, New Hanover and Union Counties.

The goal of this project is simple: find as many duplicate voter registrations as possible; then, work with counties to resolve existing issues and explore new preventative measures,” True the Vote Founder Catherine Engelbrecht said. North Carolinians would be proud to know that their election officials have taken this matter seriously by following state and federal laws.”

True the Vote stressed the most important achievements of this effort.

This is not a numbers game,” Engelbrecht added. TTV takes on projects like this one with the hope of inspiring local authorities to look for new angles, improving standard operating procedures, and utilizing resources more efficiently to keep voter records clean. Across this state, counties have informed us that their offices have been instructed to take action in helping ensure the integrity of their voter rolls. North Carolina is providing the blueprint for how officials and concerned citizens can work together.”

The following table outlines the total number of duplicate voter registration sets submitted for review in each county, compared to the number of those that were later merged/purged or are still under official review (P).
 

County

Duplicates Flagged

Merged/Purged

Mecklenburg

1,754

P

Wake

417

374

Guilford

493

655

Forsyth

642

P

Cumberland

467

439

Durham

496

P

Buncombe

142

P

Gaston

78

70

New Hanover

347

276

Union

68

62

Political Efforts to Disrupt the Cleanup

Upon completion of official review, TTV uncovered coordinated attempts by the left-leaning political organizations, Demos and Democracy NC, in their apparent attempts to stall or prevent counties from cleaning voter records in accordance with state and federal requirements. One such example, a letter sent by the anti-voter ID activist group DEMOS to multiple NC counties, explicitly threatened legal action as a result of True the Vote’s efforts to raise awareness and advocate for cleanup. An excerpt follows:

"Demos has learned that you recently received a letter from True the Vote providing lists of alleged ‘potential duplicate voters’ and demanding that you take action to remove them from your voter registration roll. Further, we understand that you have already removed some or all of these voters from your voter roll … [S]uch improper removals constitute violations of the [National Voter Registration Act]. Your hasty action to purge your voter roll of purported duplicates in response to unsubstantiated information provided by a third party raises significant concerns that rigorous procedures were not followed and that such violations may have occurred."

TTV Founder Engelbrecht responded to this discovery:

"For generations, leftist political organizations masquerading as ‘civil rights groups’ have bullied our county election offices in order to engineer partisan election outcomes. It should come as no surprise that the same groups who would block simple maintenance efforts are also outspoken critics of North Carolina’s voter ID law. True the Vote holds election integrity above political advantage. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for these groups."

To read a copy of the legal threats, click here.

True the Vote is slated to release the results of similar research efforts in other battleground states in the weeks ahead.

To read earlier details of this effort in North Carolina, click here.

 

True the Vote (TTV) is an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) voters’ rights organization, founded to inspire and equip voters for involvement at every stage of our electoral process. TTV empowers organizations and individuals across the nation to actively protect the rights of legitimate voters, regardless of their political party affiliation. For more information, please visit www.truethevote.org.

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