Report: 44,000 Voters Registered in Both Maryland and Virginia

Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 06:17 PM

By Joe Schaeffer

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A Virginia group organized to combat election fraud says a check of voter rolls in Maryland and Virginia shows 44,000 people are registered to vote in both states.

"The Virginia Voters Alliance is investigating how to identify voters who are registered and vote in Virginia but live in the states that surround us," the group's president, Reagan George, told the Virginia State Board of Elections, Watchdog.org reports.

The alliance also said that further investigation by state House and Senate committees  turned up 31,000 dead voters via the Social Security Administration's Death Master File.

The Board of Elections' processing of the information eventually came up with 40,000 to 60,000 dead voter registrations.

"Dead voter registrations are prime targets for voter fraud, which generate few complaints," George said, according to Watchdog.org.

The alliance called on the Board of Elections to take several steps to prevent election fraud.

George says Virginia should tighten laws that allow absentee voters to mail in ballots without proving their identity, check the validity of the more than 50,000 registered voters who reside in nursing homes and rehab centers in the wake of reports of voting irregularities among this population, and require proof of citizenship to vote.

The group also wants an annual audit of felons who are not allowed to vote.

"Virginia must control the registration process, as well as the form used to register voters. The current system is the perfect vehicle for identity theft and 'lost' registrations," George said, Watchdog.org reports.

Jay DeLancy of the North Carolina Voter Integrity Project was on hand as George made his appeal.

Earlier this month, North Carolina election officials announced they were conducting a massive investigation into voter fraud after discovering that thousands of voters may have cast their ballots in two states during the 2012 presidential election.

The officials are also investigating the cases of dozens of "zombie voters" who appeared to have voted in the general election after their deaths.

As many as 36,000 possible cases of voter fraud were identified.

In Virginia, the battle to spotlight voter fraud seems to just be getting under way.

George said his group will also search for duplicate voters in the District of Columbia and in nearby states such as Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia and Georgia, Watchdog.org reports.

"We are also determining the best way to identify non-citizens who have registered to vote and may have voted in past elections," he added.

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