Staff from the N.C. State Board of Elections discussed ways to improve the maintenance of voter rolls before a legislative committee on Wednesday and said they were investigating possible cases of voting irregularities. Kim Strach, director of the elections board, presented the findings of a recent crosscheck of voter registration information among 28 states, including North Carolina, comparing some 101 million records. The result of that analysis found 765 exact matches of name, date of birth and the last four digits of Social Security numbers for voters who may have cast a ballot in North Carolina and another state in the 2012 general election. The report found an additional 35,750 potential matches of name and date of birth – but not Social Security number – of people who possibly voted in North Carolina and one other state in 2012.
According to Strach, a separate audit of North Carolina voter rolls found some 80 records where a voter died prior to the date of an election but was recorded as having voted. Strach said at least 30 of those instances were likely due to a voter lawfully casting a ballot early and passing away before Election Day. She said the board was in the process of examining the remaining 50 cases.
“My son watches that ‘Walking Dead’ program, it absolutely infuriates me,” Sen. Bob Rucho, a Mecklenburg County Republican, said, referring to the hit zombie TV show. “But I guess we have the ‘voting dead’ now.”
“We don’t think the dead are voting,” Strach responded. “We are going to see if people did in fact vote for these individuals, or if there is another reason. And I do want to stress that the reason could be precinct error. A lot goes on in a precinct and someone could attribute someone to the wrong person.”
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