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Voter Registration Drive In Wake County Raises Questions

Posted October 28, 2004 5:58 a.m. EDT

— Fake names and real names with fake information may have come through a voter registration drive. The State Board of Elections is investigating, along with the U.S. attorney's office. One Wake County man who contacted WRAL found out he could have voted as two people after someone registered his name with slightly different information.

Dennis Duke is a 47-year-old white Republican, but he received a new voter registration card saying he was a 28-year-old black Democrat. The Raleigh man found out he is legitimately registered both ways and he is not alone.

"We looked at 80 applications, however there may be as many as 300," said Gary Bartlett, of the state Board of Elections.

Bartlett said a Wake County voter registration drive in June and July is in question.

"Anytime you have someone who tries to falsify information, it is troubling," he said.

The group that put on that drive is


, an environmental and consumer watchdog group.

"By looking at the forms under investigation, we were able to determine three of our campaign staff members who had submitted the forms that are under investigation," said Michelle Kucerak, of NC-PIRG.

Kucerak thinks only two to three dozen names are actually in question and she said the group is taking the allegations seriously.

"We have no tolerance for voter fraud," she said.

"It looks like they were falsifying applications in order to get a bonus," Bartlett said.

Officials said the more names registered, the more money the workers made. People who registered through a voter registration drive or through the mail this year will probably have to show an ID at the polls. The State Board also said the investigation is proof that problems can be detected.