Monday, April 14, 2014

NC joined controversial voter cross-check program as other states were leaving

On April 2, 2014, leaders of North Carolina's state election board announced they had participated in a national program to verify voters run by Kansas' controversial secretary of state, Kris Kobach.

The results ignited a firestorm: Media outlets and Republican lawmakers quickly declared that plugging North Carolina's voter data into Kobach's Interstate Crosscheck program had revealed proof of "widespread voter fraud" and justified a host of voter restrictions passed in 2013.

But Interstate Crosscheck has been hounded by controversy since it launched in Kobach's office in 2005. Despite initial hysteria about alleged fraud -- as happened this month in North Carolina -- few actual cases of fraud have been referred for prosecution, as presumed cases of double voting in multiple states turn out to be clerical and other errors.