Fairfax, VA – On Monday, the Fairfax County Electoral Board announced that it had referred the voting records of 17 individuals to local, state, and federal law enforcement officials for investigation. These referrals were based upon information indicating that in 2012 these individuals voted in the same election in both Fairfax County and Maryland. The Electoral Board properly noted that nobody has been accused of a crime; it is up to the appropriate law enforcement agencies to investigate and follow the evidence where it leads. Nevertheless, it is difficult to see how voting records could show that these individuals voted in the same election in two different states without serious impropriety having occurred.
Monday’s announcement emphasizes the importance of last week’s announcement by the Fairfax County Electoral Board regarding more than 14,500 registered voters in Fairfax County who are apparently also registered to vote in Maryland. Both of these situations were discovered through the efforts of the Virginia Voters Alliance.
Voter fraud is an extremely serious matter. Even a hint of it undermines public confidence in our system of government. The Fairfax County Republican Committee is committed to a zero tolerance policy regarding any activity that constitutes or might promote voter fraud.
Matt Ames, Chairman of the Fairfax County Republican Committee, stated: “This latest revelation is very disturbing, because some form of voter fraud seems likely, and this could be the tip of the iceberg. As I stated in response to last week’s announcement, this is a non-partisan issue, and we hope that our Democrat counterparts, as well as the responsible law enforcement officials, treat this matter with the seriousness it deserves. I also hope that the Electoral Board’s referral will raise public awareness of the many challenges facing our voting system.”
Poorly maintained voter rolls increase the likelihood of voter fraud, because they allow a person to knowingly vote in two jurisdictions, and because they permit a person, knowing that another individual has moved, died, or is otherwise unlikely to vote, to cast a ballot in the second individual’s name. Early voting, lax absentee ballot rules, and inadequate identification requirements all contribute to this problem. The Virginia General Assembly has taken laudable steps in recent years to address these issues, but more must be done.
We again commend the Virginia Voters Alliance for their work, and the Fairfax County Electoral Board for referring these cases to the appropriate authorities. We call upon Commonwealth’s Attorney Morrogh, Attorney General Herring, and Attorney General Holder to thoroughly and vigorously investigate this matter. If the law has been violated, criminal prosecutions must follow.