Voter Fraud Being Looked at More Closely in Nevada

Nevada Joins other States in Cracking down on Voter Fraud 

With the election right around the corner, Nevada’s Secretary of State is ramping up efforts to prevent voter fraud. One of the newest ways the state is doing this is by teaming with other states to compare voter registration records in an effort to catch people who vote in more than one state.

In all, half the states in the union currently participate in the Voter Registration Crosscheck Program, which is designed to find multi-state voters. The program is a relatively new one, having begun in 2005 with Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska coming together to share records. Those four states initially shared approximately 9 million records, but the coalition now will collectively share more than 90 million records.

Thus far, the program has been extremely successful at catching multi-state voters. In 2012, more than 35,750 voters in North Carolina alone had exact matches for first name, last name, and date of birth with voters in another participating state. Even so, officials caution that not all of them indicate fraud. It’s possible for people to have the same first name, last name and date of birth, particularly if they have very common names. Clerical error could also result in the wrong person’s name being marked on voting records.

To determine fraud, officials will assess the likelihood of errors and will also look at whether people voted in person or via absentee ballot. When all the facts are considered, this could be a very effective tool at preventing duplicate voting, which is prohibited under Sections 293.780 and 293.810 of the Nevada Revised Statute.