TRUE THE VOTE RESEARCH TO BE USED BY NORTH CAROLINA COUNTIES TO REMOVE THOUSANDS OF DUPLICATE VOTERS

28th of September 2015

10 Largest NC Counties Flagged for Duplicate Voter Registrations

HOUSTON, TX. -- September 28, 2015: True the Vote (TTV), the nation's leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization, today released details of an effort to identify and remove duplicate voter registrations in North Carolina’s largest counties by population.

“History has shown that inaccurate voter registries lead to inaccurate elections, yet our research continues to find significant problems in the nation’s registry and very little evidence of active efforts to correct those problems.  Now, ahead of an incredibly consequential 2016 election cycle, True the Vote is thrilled to announce that North Carolina is helping to break a national cycle of carelessness by using TTV research to clean up voter rolls in ten of its largest counties,” True the Vote Founder Catherine Engelbrecht said. “With the support of indefatigable volunteers who work with us to research their local voter registries, in just the past few weeks TTV found thousands of clearly duplicated voter registrations in North Carolina. Our goal now is to collaborate with these NC counties to ensure that legitimate voters are registered once - and only once. From a national perspective, we’re just getting started.”

County

Duplicates

Mecklenburg

1,754

Wake

417

Guilford

493

Forsyth

642

Cumberland

467

Durham

496

Buncombe

142

Gaston

78

New Hanover

347

Union

68

 

 

Flagging Registrations

True the Vote began its review of the 10 largest North Carolina counties in August, ending this week. Each county was sent a spreadsheet detailing the total number of potential duplicate registrations, sorted by “Likely” and “Possible” pairs. Likely pairs tend to have identical name spellings, age and residential addresses – yet show an additional middle name or suffix not found in both records. Possible pairs exhibit fewer correlations, usually due to name spelling or other potential clerical errors.

“Likely” Example:

ID: 123456| Name: Smith, John | Age: 29 | 123 Main Street | Date of Reg.: 6/11/2012

ID: 654321 | Name: Smith, John Adams | Age: 29 | 123 Main Street | Date of Reg.: 10/1/2014

“Possible” Example:

ID: 8675309 | Name: McDougal, Daniel | Age: 35 | 456 1st Street | Date of Reg.: 1/5/1995

ID: 9035768 | Name: Mc Dougal, Daneil | Age: 36 | 456 1st Street | Date of Reg.: 5/7/2007

True the Vote also highlighted thousands of records claiming a voter’s age to exceed 109 years that were not already listed as ‘REMOVED’ or ‘DENIED’ in the county file for further internal review.

Early Maintenance Success

Although True the Vote does not have statutory authority to lay citizen challenges on voter registration files, it is allowed to review maintenance records held by the respective counties in question, according to public inspection rights under the National Voter Registration Act. As of this release, TTV has been notified that the Guilford County Board of Elections merged or purged a total of 655 duplicate voter registrations upon review of the citizen research. In addition, Mecklenburg, Wake, New Hanover, Cumberland and Forsyth Counties have confirmed to TTV that findings are currently being processed.

True the Vote is currently performing duplicate research surveys in each of the 10 largest counties of Ohio and Colorado in preparation for the 2016 Election.

 

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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