More from Opinion  Or how about the very ambitious Pasco Parker, who was convicted in 2015 of illegal elections in Tennessee, Florida and North Carolina in the 2012 general election. He obviously wanted to make sure that he cast as many votes as possible for his favorite presidential candidate.
The Government Accountability Institute (GAI) examined electoral rolls in 21 states after the 2016 elections. Nearly 8,500 people were found who appeared to have illegally voted in several states. "The expansion of GAI's Conservative Matching Method to all 50 states," the report said, "would indicate an expected minimum of 45,000 duplicate high-trust matches." Recognize when a court restricts the possibilities of a state, if duplicate registrations are proven.
If you recently moved and forgot to tell the country you lived in to cancel your voter registration, you are not alone. A 2012 report released by the Pew Research Center found that "[a] approximately 2.75 million people are registered in more than one state." Judge Samuel Alito referred to the same study last year, in which he maintained the electoral roll Ohio advocates, "It's estimated that 24 million voter registrations in the US – about one in eight – are invalid or significantly inaccurate.
Such registry errors are not harmless, even if they occur unintentionally. They mean more work for already-pressurized election officials and taxpayers' money wasted on unnecessary election-related mailings. Duplicate registrations can lead to longer waiting times at polling stations as election officials search bloated lists of registrants.
Duplicate registrations also create a fertile ground for double voices – which is impossible to detect when a court restricts what a state can do with evidence of duplicate registrations.
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To address this serious problem, Indiana participates in the Interstate Cross Check Program, whose member states compare voter lists to individuals registered in several states Find . In 2017 and 2018, Indiana passed a law that allowed the cancellation of registrations when the state confirmed by a number of factors that the same person was registered in more than one state.
and the League of Women Voters – organizations that have consistently argued against improving election integrity – to end the program.
The Constitution gives States primary responsibility for conducting elections that are subject to certain limited powers of the Federal Government. In 1993, Congress passed the National Voter Registration Act to establish guidelines for voter registration and list maintenance efforts to improve the accuracy of voter lists. In Indiana, they managed to get the court to misinterpret the simple language of the crime. The Court ruled that, despite the fact that you declare in writing that you are now resident and therefore entitled to vote in this State, registering to vote in another State does not amount to a written confirmation that the Registrant has moved.  By the beginning of 2020, we can expect more attacks on election integrity from the usual suspects. As attacks increase and courts hold false views, confidence in our elections fades. It is time to support states that are trying to improve the security of their electoral process.
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Kaylan Phillips is the Attorney General of the Public Interest Legal Foundation, a law firm of 501 (c) (3) public interest, dedicated to election integrity.