[Swiftwater Gazette] Duplicate Voting
kroposki at att.net
Tue Sep 19 18:06:47 EDT 2017
ThePresidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity has
held onlytwo public meetings so far, but it’s already netted a haul ofeye-opening data.
Atlast Tuesday’s meeting in New Hampshire, Ken Block, a data miningexpert and former adjunct professor for technology and business atthe University of Rhode Island, presented a summary of a 36-pagestudy, “America the Vulnerable: The Problem of Duplicate Voting.”
Compiledby the Government Accountability Institute partnered with SimpaticoSoftware Systems and Virtual DBS, Inc., the report concludes thatstate election systems are shockingly vulnerable to fraud because offaulty voter roll maintenance.
Sortingdata from 21 states comprising 75 million voters in 2016, GAIidentified 8,471 “high-confidence” duplicate voting matches. Some200 couples voted in two different states. Initially, there were 60,000 potential duplicate matches of names and birthdates, but theresearchers had to make certain by using additional data from creditreports, Social Security or magazine subscription information.
Scoffersmight say that 8,471 is small potatoes in a nation where 130 millionpeople voted in the November election in 2016. But it’s only one ofmany ways to make vote fraud easier, and lots of elections aredecided by slim margins. George W. Bush won the presidency in 2000 bya 537-vote margin in Florida, where 5,825,043 votes were cast.
DemocratAl Franken unseated incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman inMinnesota in 2008 with a final recount victory of 312 votes, sealingthe 60th vote in the Senate for passage of Obamacare. It was laterlearned that more than 1,000 ineligible felon voters — anoverwhelmingly Democratic constituency — cast ballots in theMinnesota race.
InNew Hampshire, Republican U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte lost her seat by1,017 votes to Democrat Maggie Hassan in November 2016 out of 739,140cast. More than 5,500 same-day registrant voters with out-of-statedriver’s licenses claimed residency but did not bother later toobtain New Hampshire licenses.
InVirginia, Democrat Mark Herring defeated Republican Mark Obenshain inthe attorney general’s race by only 165 votes out of more than 2.2million cast in 2013.
It’sclear that a few votes can swing an election, which is why voterregistration rolls around the nation are long overdue for the kind ofscrutiny they are finally receiving.
Somequite elderly voters turned up, with 45,880 votes cast in 2016 bypeople whose birthdates were more than 115 years ago. The reportnotes that some states indicate a missing birthdate by using fillerdates, such as 01/01/1900.Thismight help explain some eye-opening data revealed in July in federalcourt in Broward County, Florida. The American Civil Rights Union(ACRU) is suing election officials over the county’s inflatedrolls, in which 103 percent of eligible citizens are registered.Thousands of voters over 100 years old are listed, some as old as130.
Asprogressives howl that the election integrity commission should bedisbanded despite already proving its worth, it will be fascinatingto see the lengths to which the naysayers will go.
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