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A report presented Wednesday to the Joint Legislative Elections Oversight Committee said 81 voters have a voter history later than the date of their death. A report presented Wednesday to the Joint Legislative Elections Oversight Committee said 81 voters have a voter history later than the date of their death.
RALEIGH, N.C. -

State election officials are looking into thousands of cases where registered voters may have voted in two states or after their reported death.

A report presented Wednesday by Elections Director Kim Strach to the Joint Legislative Elections Oversight Committee said 81 voters have a voter history later than the date of their death. The audit further identified 13,416 deceased voters on voter rolls in Oct. 13.

The information was found after DHHS provided more than 50,000 new death records to the State Board of Elections.

The audit showed 155,692 registered North Carolina voters whose first and last names, dates of birth and last four digits of their Social Security number match those of voters registered in other states, but who most recently registered or voted elsewhere.

A total of 35,750 voters with matching first and last names and date of birth were registered in North Carolina and another state, and voted in both states in the 2012 general election.

Another 765 voters with an exact match of first and last name, date of birth and last four digits of their Social Security number were registered and voted in the 2012 general election in North Carolina and another state.

"We have fraud and error vulnerabilities in our election system. The fact that we potentially have thousands of people voting in more than one state greatly concerns me,” said Rep. David Lewis, chairman of the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee and the lead author of the Voter Identification and Verification Act.

A total of 28 states participated in the crosscheck, leaving data missing from 22 other states.

The elections board requested the modernization of the polling place identification process. Part of the modernization includes obtaining digital photographs and signatures of registered voters to verify their identity.

These digital photographs and signatures could be taken at polling places and supplemented by images taken by the DMV.

In 2012, nearly 7 million ballots were cast in the general and two primary elections. Of those 6,947,317 ballots, the state Board of Elections said 121 alleged cases of voter fraud were referred to the appropriate district attorney's office.

That means of the nearly 7 million votes cast, voter fraud accounted for 0.00174 percent of the ballots.

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