As a public service coinciding with this year’s National Voter Registration Day, the election integrity group True The Vote turned over new evidence to the U.S. Department of Justice, New York, and Florida election officials in an ongoing effort to expose absentee vote fraud.
True The Vote‘s research initially began with the discovery that over 1 million Florida voters claimed New York mailing addresses. The watchdog group then cross-referenced a 10 percent sample of the State of New York’s voter records to check for any instances of Empire State registrations claiming mailing addresses in Florida. Preliminary results indicate that over 1,700 people have held dual registrations since 2008.
Today True The Vote announced 31 individuals were reported to Florida, New York, and federal election authorities after matching exact first and last names, birth dates, mirrored mailing addresses and a voting history showing ballots cast from both states in the same election. Voters face potential federal imprisonment up to five years, a $10,000 fine, or both for voting twice in a single federal election.
In February of this year, the Pew Research Center estimated that over 2.75 million voters are registered in more than one state across the country. Though research indicates that not all voters reported are currently holding two valid registrations, True The Vote reminded election officials that voting histories are clear. The majority of fraudulent votes were cast in 2008 and 2010, according to the group’s President, Catherine Engelbrecht.
Engelbrecht explained the preliminary findings further in the group’s press release distributed today:
This is further evidence of just how susceptible our election system is to voter fraud… True The Vote enjoys cooperative relationships with these states and many more. These findings are only the beginning of our effort. As today is National Voter Registration Day, it’s important to remember that no candidate or cause is worth a felony conviction.
Given the early results, True The Vote has committed to auditing all remaining New York records, including New York City, in the coming weeks.