Same-Day Chaos: Nearly 5,000 NC Voters Still Not Verified Eleven Months Later
(Raleigh, NC)-OCT 23, 2013- The Voter Integrity Project-NC, released a report today suggesting that as many as 4,857 North Carolina voters in the November 2012 election may have abused the Same-Day Registration law in order to vote illegally and 2,253 of them were in Mecklenburg County.
“These voters all registered and voted during the last 19 days before the election,” said Jay DeLancy, Executive Director of the Voter Integrity Project, “but election offices were never able to verify the addresses of a significant number. This suggests that they were never residents of the state, but their votes still counted.”
Until January 2014, NC law (§ 163-82.7) requires a “tentative determination” of the voter’s identity within 48 hours, but the follow-on verification is performed by mail and takes longer to complete.
“Anybody registering and voting illegally toward the end of the Early Voting period has a pretty good chance of safely stealing a vote,” said DeLancy. “It all depends on how quickly the county board can do the mailings.”
Under current North Carolina law, if the USPS returns as “undeliverable” the verification notice sent by nonforwardable mail, the county board is required to deny the application. VIP-NC has trouble with that process, which was mandated under the 1993 National Voter Registration Act.
“Our entire electoral system hinges on all postal carriers being 100 per cent accurate by not delivering any verification letters incorrectly,” he said, “and who among us ever received a misdirected piece of mail?”
To determine the significance of the problem, VIP-NC obtained a public record showing the complete voter history of all NC voters and then screened out all except for the voters who registered at the polls during last November’s one-stop voting period.