The Attorney General’s Office is reviewing evidence of alleged voter fraud in Fairfax County, where the Virginia Voters Alliance has identified 17 individuals who voted in both Fairfax County and various localities in Maryland during the 2012 General Election. “This office takes all allegations seriously even though incidents of voter fraud are statistically very rare,” Michael Kelly, spokesman for Attorney General Mark R. Herring, said in an email Tuesday. “We will review any evidence and, if further investigation is warranted, will work within our statutory authority with local or federal partners.” The Fairfax County Electoral Board has also referred the allegation to the Fairfax County commonwealth’s attorney and the federal Department of Justice for further investigation.
Brian W. Schoeneman, secretary of the Fairfax electoral board, said elections officials have cross-referenced the 700,000 registered voters on the county’s rolls with those in Maryland and confirmed the names of the 17 individuals who voted in both jurisdictions in 2012, and in some cases, in elections dating back as far as 2004.
Schoeneman added that a mandatory voter ID law would not have prevented these voters from voting twice. Virginia has had a photo ID requirement on the books since July. It will be tested statewide Nov. 4.
“This is the most common vector for voting fraud,” he said. “They are registered voters and they are who they said they are.”
The party affiliation of the 17 individuals is not clear because Virginia does not require voters to register by party. But according to data from Maryland, five of these individuals were Democrats, three Republicans and nine did not identify with any party.