Jay DeLancy, executive director of the Voter Integrity Project of North Carolina, says steps must be taken to crack down on voter fraud after his state said it had identified tens of thousands of possible cases.
"We do have to analyze it carefully, but let's get it right now. There are about 36,000 people with first name, last name and date of birth all match [those of registered voters in other states], and these aren't just registered, these are people who registered and voted in November 2012, so these are dual voters," he told Newsmax TV's John Bachman and J.D. Hayworth on "America's Forum" Friday.
"Now the question is, is it a close match? Is it an exact match? Well, of those, about 675 of them actually gave the last four [digits] of their [Social Security numbers] that matched. Now what the left is doing is running around saying, 'oh the rest of them, their socials didn't match.' That's a lie."
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The discovery of the potential matches came after the Republican-controlled state legislature passed a law last year that called for the cross-checking of the state’s 6.5 million voters against a database containing information for 101 million voters in 28 states. The state's election board must now investigate the roughly 36,000 voters whose first names, last names and dates of birth suggest they voted in two states.
Research has shown that the incidence of people having the same first name, last name and date of birth is far higher than commonly thought, according to MSNBC.
The probability of people having the same first name, last name, date of birth and last four digits of a Social Security number is drastically lower, but an investigation last year into similar allegations of voter fraud in South Carolina revealed that most such prospective matches were due to clerical errors by poll workers and DMV employees who incorrectly matched names to social security numbers.
While the investigation is being conducted, DeLancy said it is critical the state legislatures around the country pass stringent measures to reduce the likelihood of voter fraud and voter ID theft.
DeLancy said he thinks the investigation will bear out his worst fears.
"There will be a great deal of criminal prosecution on this one for sure," he said.
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