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Voter Empowerment Act could ease fraud hysteria

By Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:

I would like to add a few points to others’ comments in response to Roger Seymour’s letter April 9 regarding voter fraud (“Shame on the Mercury for ‘charade’ against Kobach.”

As Richard Baker pointed out, the North Carolina Board of Elections, as well as the original WTVD-TV report that Mr. Sey-mour cited, clearly stated the 35,000 matches obtained through Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s Crosscheck program are not proof of voter fraud. Reasons for the high number of matches on name, birthdate and even Social Security number are well documented and range from people moving to statistical probability to human error. 

North Carolina isn’t alone in finding a large number of matches. In Ohio, Crosscheck identified hundreds of potential voter fraud cases, but of the 20 cases referred to law enforce-ment by the secretary of state, none resulted in prosecution. Similarly, in Colorado, 17 cases of potential fraud identified through Crosscheck were invest-igated by the district attorney, and no fraud was found.  Since Kobach launched Crosscheck in 2005, there have been no convictions for voter fraud.

If Kobach’s desire is to “protect the integrity of the electoral process,” that goal would be better served by calling for Republican support of the Voter Registration Modernization Act of 2013 (H.R. 12, also known as the Voter Em-powerment Act), which among other benefits, would use proven technology to eliminate the false hits, uncertainty, partisan poli-tics and general hysteria stoked by Crosscheck.

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