States Use Database to Check for Vote Fraud
There’s a new tool to combat vote fraud: the
Interstate Cross Check Project. This
simple shared database allows states them to look at voter registration records
from other states. Thus, authorities can
determine if there are individuals voting in the same election in two separate
states and can prosecute them accordingly.
When individuals move to another state, their voter
registration might not be updated. As
each state keeps separate records of voters, these voter rolls end up inaccurate.
What have states using the Interstate Cross Check Project discovered? Arizona found 500 registered voters who also
are currently registered elsewhere. Colorado
found those who engaged in double voting in both Colorado and Kansas in the 2010
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach spearheaded this Interstate
Cross Check Project in an effort to combat double voting. Kobach explains
that “double voting is a real common form of voter fraud, but it’s easy to
discover and to prosecute. You have a rock-solid legal case that the crime was
Kobach was one of the leaders to get a voter ID law in place
in Kansas. He has written in support of
such measures in The
Wall Street Journal. In response to claims
that voter ID laws are discriminatory, Kobach calls it “ludicrous” and “patently
absurd” to suggest that a person’s skin color affects his ability to go down to
an office and get a free ID.
The Interstate Cross Check Project involves a database shared
by Kansas, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana,
Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota and
Tennessee. Given the success in combating
vote fraud crimes, other states are considering joining these 15.