Elections employees are raising concerns about an interstate program meant to detect voter fraud in Idaho that they said has led to errors. Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck program was launched in the state in 2014, the Idaho Statesman reported Sunday. The program compares voter registration records — which contain personal information such as birth dates and partial Social Security numbers — from its state members to find people who vote in more than one state. In its first year the program identified several thousands of possible duplicate voter registrations which Ada County elections employees later found were errors after voters called to complain about the pending revocations.
The mistakes stemmed from election workers failing to take an extra step to crosscheck middle names and partial social security numbers in the possible duplicates.
The program doesn’t realize that most duplicate voter registrations are results of people moving, getting married or changing their names and doesn’t not necessarily mean people are committing voter fraud, said Phil McGrane, Ada County’s chief deputy clerk.