Vote fraud in North Carolina
- The only proof of citizenship needed to register to vote in North Carolina is a North Carolina driver’s license, a Social Security card, or a utility bill. North Carolina allows voter registration by mail and same-day registration at early voting sites, operating on the honor system as the form requires each applicant to sign an affidavit confirming that the applicant is a U.S. citizen. Former state Auditor Les Merritt said this lax system is inviting voter fraud.
"We kept monitoring the elections rolls, if you will, and I think by monitoring them, it led to getting some monies from the legislature and cleaning up the rolls somewhat," said Merritt, who is now executive director of the Foundation for Ethics in Public Service. The State Board of Elections received a $1 million-plus appropriation for that project. "But the controls are no better," he said.
Auditor Les Merritt's office uncovered 24,821 invalid driver's license numbers and 700 invalid Social Security numbers in the voter registration database. There were 380 people who appeared to have voted after their deaths and a handful of votes cast by 17-year-olds in previous election cycles.
In the 1990s, the North Carolina Republican Party mailed postcards to hundreds of thousands of black voters telling them they would go to prison if they voted improperly.