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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  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Oct 11, 2008 at 12:57 PM
    Steve; You didn't think ACORN was actually registering informed, clear thinking and educated people did you? Of course they have been and will continue to try cheap tactics to steal elections. They cannot win on issues. If it were not for the ignorant, the party couldn't thrive. Just walk down the street and ask any Obama supporter what the difference is between the Democratic Party and the Republican Party is and I will bet they have no earthly idea.
  • by Steve Location: Kinston on Oct 9, 2008 at 08:44 PM
    I would not be surprised if evidence surfaced that provided proof that the dumbocrats have been trying to steal the elections for the last four election cycles.
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Oct 9, 2008 at 07:15 PM
    Red State: You mean 'THAT One' :)
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Oct 9, 2008 at 03:27 PM
    700,000 new voters? And they are from out of state? Does anybody else smell ACORN here?
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on Oct 9, 2008 at 02:55 PM
    If SSAN can't be verified, then they should not be allowed to vote. Fake SSAN is how illegals stay here and work. When found out they move on. Only U.S. citizens are allowed to vote. One party in particular that would allow blanket amnesty has a big stake in letting illegals vote.
  • by Sara Ann Location: Eastern, NC on Oct 9, 2008 at 01:43 PM
    Actually, they are persuading voters out of the wood works (including those with NO home address - HOMELESS) to come and vote in NC. Some groups of people have been coming in to pick up 100 voter registration cards. They are going out and getting all sorts of people to fill these cards out (including felons and the homeless - who pays no taxes). Then, they bring them back for those same people (who mind you - are apparently too lazy to come in theirself to get a registration card). These cards are then scanned to verify address and social security #. Most of them can NOT be verified - the information is incorrect. I have had many felons, and people who can not vote. Then, when the person who brought the cards in finds out - they think that the elections people are "cheating Obama out of votes." You would not believe what all I have seen. It is absolutely sickening. This race has brought out the worst in people and it has very much been a huge racial race.
  • by Red State Location: Washington Co. on Oct 9, 2008 at 12:25 PM
    Yes, let's not give the impression that we are trying to verify the citizenship, eligibility, or even the life of anyone trying to cast a vote for The One.
  • by Dwayne Location: Greenville on Oct 9, 2008 at 12:20 PM
    At least NC democrats aren't picking up homeless folks and brainwashing them to vote for a certain candidate......yet. What's next ACORN, going into the hospitals and funeral homes?
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