Voter Watchdog Group Claims Nearly 400 Dead People Remain on Voter Rolls

(RALEIGH) – The Voter Integrity Project is demanding the Wake County Board of Elections clear its voter rolls of 386 deceased citizens. The group says it matched the voter rolls against the same official death records the state Department of Health and Human Services provides to the State Board of Elections each month.

“North Carolina election law mandates a monthly process for election officials to remove the dead people from the rolls,” says project spokesman Jay DeLancy. “One of the big loopholes in our fraud-friendly election laws is that nobody is held accountable if it doesn’t get done,” he says.

Voter Integrity Project research director John Pizzo says he found similar problems in 2010 in Congressional District 13, which includes Wake County. Pizzo says the election officials were notified and given the names of the deceased found on the rolls then. His team was surprised to find 74 of the names of the deseased given the officials were still on the rolls two years later.

“There may be some other explanation,” says Pizzo, “and I would be interested in hearing it, but I’m beginning to think somebody in that office dropped the ball.”

Volunteers working with the Voter Integrity Project filed similar challenges in two other counties. They notified the Alamance County Board of Elections about 123 names of dead people still on the rolls. Volunteers came up with 77 deceased citizens on the rolls in Halifax County. Similar challenges could be filed in other counties in the coming weeks.

Sen. Berger: Council of State Must Vote Down Bad Deal on Dix

The Council of State will meet Tuesday morning at 9:00 and will face a decision of what do with the Dorothea Dix property in Raleigh. Governor Bev Perdue wants the other elected officials on the panel to approve a deal she worked out to allow the city of Raleigh to lease the land for 75 years.  Republicans leaders in the General Assembly say that’s a waste of very valuable land owned by the srtate and are urging the Council of State members not to go along with Perdue’s deal. Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger the nonpartisan Fiscal and Program Evaluation Division estimates the lease deal, after factoring in inflation, is only worth $22.6 million.

“Even Gov. Perdue’s senior advisers readily admit her plan shortchanges North Carolina taxpayers,” said Berger. “I trust the Council of State will carefully weigh this important decision. And I know they understand their responsibility to be more than a rubber stamp for Gov. Perdue and her attempt to cobble together a last-minute legacy.”

Berger says the lease “dramatically” lower than even the most unfavorable appraisal of the property.