But some policy analysts in the state are skeptical of the initiative’s findings.
Mitch Kokai, spokesman for the right-leaning John Locke Foundation, said in an email that he doubts all 765 cases were legitimate fraud — but some likely were.
“We’re not talking about two or three instances — 765 is a significant number,” he said.
He said the new voter legislation, which requires voters to show photo identification at the polls, could help cut down on instances of fraud.
“With a voter ID requirement, anyone who wanted to commit this type of fraud would have to go out of her way to get forged identification to go along with the transplanted voter’s name and address,” Kokai said. “The fraud still could take place, but the voter ID would serve as a deterrent.”
Bob Hall , executive director of the left-leaning Democracy N.C., said many of the 765 counts of voter duplicates were likely the result of clerical error.
“Modernization of registration would help, but people should not jump to conclusions when they see a name match,” Hall said.
According to documents released by the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, a significant number of double votes were false positives.
Many instances of perceived voter fraud are human error, according to the same documents. Election clerks scan the wrong line with a barcode scanner, voters sign the wrong line in the poll book, or there is confusion over father and son voters.
“I think fraud needs to be stopped, but people shouldn’t get into a hysterical framework wanting to employ draconian measures that are inappropriate,” Hall said.