Elections Chief Defends State's Voting Systems

North Carolina elections officials say the state has not misused a Social Security Administration database to purge voters from its rolls.

Elections officials said Thursday that voters are not removed from rolls when their Social Security cannot be verified. Voters in question can confirm their identity on election day or vote on a provisional ballot.

A story in The New York Times on Thursday questioned why North Carolina had run so many voter registrations through a Social Security Administration system used to validate paperwork. The administration has said North Carolina ran some 400,000 queries.

State elections director Gary Bartlett said many of the 700,000 new registrations may have come from people with out-of-state driver's licenses or from people who only provided their social security number.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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