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Virginia aims to stamp out double-dipping voters

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Voters in Virginia may be double-dipping during elections.

Around 308,000 Virginia voters may also be registered elsewhere, an analysis of 22 states’ election records found, according to Watchdog.org.

The results, which were originally reported by the Virginia Voters Alliance, found around 308,000 double registrations by matching names, birth dates and the last four digits of Social Security numbers.

“Say you move to Kansas and tell the election office there that you were registered in Virginia when you submit your Kansas voter-registration form,” VVA president Reagan George explained to Watchdog.org.

“If the Kansas election official is bureaucratically lazy or politically motivated your name never gets removed. The same thing can happen on the Virginia end, and you stay double registered,” George said.

How many of the double-registered voters cast multiple ballots in a single election is unknown, though the VVA revealed it has so far found 164 individuals who voted in both Virginia and Maryland in 2012.

Don Palmer, the secretary of Virginia’s State Board of Elections, said efforts are being made to contact Virginia voters who may be double-registered.

He told Watchdog.org that Virginia actively participates in two voter crosscheck programs, comparing the state’s data to that of more than 30 other states including Maryland, Delaware, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia.

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