By Pam Danz- Seven members of the Blue Ridge Tea Party Patriots’ Voter Integrity Project (VIP) Committee were joined in Henderson County by three members from the State office of the VIP last Saturday to help insure the integrity of our next election. They have discovered 235 persons in Henderson County who do not appear to reside at the addresses listed on the voter registration rolls. After doing extensive leg-work they came together to address and stuff envelopes which will be sent out to individuals who do not seem to live at the addresses under which they are registered. This work is important because if ghost voters are not removed from the rolls it is an open invitation to fraudulent voters to steal their identities and vote illegally.
“The Henderson County Voter Integrity team has done a great job in researching the accuracy of the official role of registered voters in Henderson County. They canvassed homes that had unusually high numbers of voters registered from one address. Many homeowners were shocked to find total strangers registered at their address,” said Jay DeLancy, founder and Executive Director of the VIP, headquartered in Raleigh.
The purpose of sending out the letters is to see if they come back marked, “No Longer at This Address.” If the envelopes are returned the VIP team will formally challenge using each returned envelope as prima facie evidence of non-residence at that address sufficient to show probably cause. The Board of Elections must then hold hearings to determine if the individuals are resident at the addresses listed.
The VIP and local volunteers from the Asheville Tea Party are one move ahead of the Henderson County VIP. On March 14 they took the unprecedented step of filing official challenges to the voter registrations of 182 former Asheville residents who cannot be found by either election officials or the Post Office.
“We support these challenges because the so-called ‘Motor Voter’ law forces election officials to retain such voters long after they’ve moved,” said DeLancy.
“More than 500,000 similar voters, termed “Inactive” are on the state’s rolls. Their mail was returned “undeliverable,” but federal law allows them to vote from that address for at least four years after they’ve moved.
“In most cases, these inactive voters either moved away or died; but by calling them ‘Inactive,’ the public misunderstands the danger,” he said. “In reality, their registration addresses are not valid, and the government can’t find them. They are missing and should be removed before someone steals their vote.
The all-volunteer Asheville group says the 182 voters they challenged only represent “the tip of the iceberg,” because they only contacted people who live in houses with more than seven people registered to vote. In working with the current occupants, they were able to determine who had moved away and who had not.
“When we lowered the threshold to five, we found thousands of more Inactive voters,” he said, “so this project should continue for quite some time.”