“If I Was Wrongfully Accused of Voter Fraud, How Many Other People Are Too?” –Joe Golden, Southport, N.C.
Democracy North Carolina examined the human cost of hundreds of false voter fraud charges made by Republican operatives during the 2016 reelection campaign of former N.C. Governor Pat McCrory. The report, entitled “The Deceit of Voter Fraud,” uncovers a pattern of unsubstantiated charges of election fraud, without regard for the harassment and harmful impact on innocent voters. In the course of our five-month investigation, we talked with dozens of people maligned by the McCrory-NCGOP legal and publicity team. They are the victims of what happens when outrageous claims of voter fraud are used as a weapon for political gain.
Nationally, President Donald Trump has created a commission to bolster his claims that widespread voter fraud denied him a popular vote victory in 2016. The “Voter Integrity Commission” is chaired by Vice President Pence and led by the vice chair, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach. It has become very controversial because: