With the 2022 midterm elections just around the corner, an election integrity group has reported around 64,000 suspicious voter registrations in North Carolina. The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF), an election integrity group, issued a report on March 29 that begs the attention of state election officials.
The report categorized around 8000 suspicious registrations from North Carolina’s residents who actually died in 2020. Almost 43,000 of the registrations belonged to people who had moved to other states and renewed their registration to vote from their new addresses.
Moreover, around 13,500 registrations were from residents who registered twice in the state under variation of their name or through different voting registration platforms.
This puts pressure on North Carolina to fix its voter rolls before the upcoming elections to prevent fake votes and an unfair electoral process. In light of the state’s recent trends of voter turnout and close competition. All eyes are on North Carolina to ensure an open election.
PILF suggested that certain reforms to electoral processes such as inter-state voter tracking or updating death reports could make a big difference. They helped election officials understand the different ways in which duplicate registrations can be made on a local level. Merging the list of voter registrations could potentially reduce the chances of such issues occurring in the long run.
The legal foundation assured that such administrative changes before a midterm election can be made legally by states and it would not bring any unwanted media attention to North Carolina. There wouldn’t even be a need to involve the registrant and the process would occur without any hurdles.
It is guaranteed that this process will not pose any threat to a genuine voter. A person who is eligible for voting will face no difficulties in the process and no one will lose their right to vote.
Overall, it was concluded that addressing voting registration concerns now and in time will help prevent risks of voter fraud in what is likely to be a very close election.