More than seven million voters appear to be registered to vote in multiple states.
This is according to the latest data compiled by the Kansas-run Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program, which was launched in 2005 by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach.
The program was initiated with the secretaries of three other states — Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska — in an effort to identify “possible duplicate registrations among states” and prevent voters from casting votes in national elections in more than one state.
In the nearly 12 years since the program was launched, the original four participant states has grown to 28, and the latest data suggests that 7.2 million voters are registered in two states, The Washington Free Beacon reported.
That’s not to say that the 7.2 million actually voted multiple times — only that 7.2 million voters had the ability to do so.
Most instances presumably involved those who moved from one state to another who failed to notify the supervisor of elections of the state they’d left that they relocated.
It’s also impossible to ascertain how those who may have actually voted in two or more states cast their votes.
The states with the greatest number of registration duplicates across state lines were Georgia, North Carolina and Illinois.
In addition to ferreting out interstate registration duplicate registrations, the program identified intrastate multiple registrations. The Free Beacon reported:
The study shows that more than 916,000 people appear to be registered multiple times within their state of residence. North Carolina accounts for 90 percent of potential intrastate duplicates.
Nearly 68,000 registered voters across the 28 states had “invalid” dates of birth, a category that include missing, incomplete, or placeholder birth dates, which can reflect older records before dates of birth were kept on file.
The program also found 32,000 registered voters who appeared to have invalid Social Security Numbers tied to their voter records, which can result either from clerical mistakes or fraud.
On May 11 President Trump signed an executive order naming Kobach and Vice President Mike Pence to head a commission on voter fraud to study “vulnerabilities” in the voting system.
That 7.2 million doesn’t take into account those who are on the voter rolls although ineligible because of non-citizenship, criminal history or death.