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Crosscheck works: Detecting double voting

September 21. 2018 4:07PM

A Hampton couple who admitted to voting twice each in the 2016 election is rightfully facing felony voter fraud charges.

Grace and John Fleming say they just made a mistake when they mailed their absentee ballots to Hampton, and voted in person in Belchertown, Mass. That's double-voting. That's voter fraud. And that's illegal.

Even if we were to accept their explanation that they forgot about voting by absentee, it would not excuse their decision to register in a second state.

Grace Fleming told Union Leader reporter Mark Hayward that she and her husband registered online in Massachusetts when she was recovering from surgery because she didn't think they would be able to vote in New Hampshire.

You can't do that. You can't claim to live in two places at once in order to vote.

The Flemings' double voting was tagged by the Voter Crosscheck Program, a multi-state database designed to detect exactly this sort of voter fraud.

Democrats have spent the past several years claiming that voter fraud is a myth and that Crosscheck isn't necessary. For their part, many Republicans have overplayed the extent of voter fraud. President Donald Trump baselessly claimed that it was why he lost New Hampshire to Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Voter fraud is neither epidemic nor nonexistent. It has been almost impossible to find and punish since state voter databases haven't been connected.

The Flemings each face two felony charges, each carrying up to seven years in prison. That would certainly be excessive. We don't think the Flemings were trying to steal an election.

But they did steal someone's vote by voting twice. Voter fraud may not be rampant, but it does exist and our voting laws should be enforced.


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