Speaker Howell and House Republican Leaders issued a statement Tuesday on allegations that 17 individuals cast double ballots in Virginia and Maryland during the 2012 presidential election. The story was first reported by Watchdog.org:
Want a real-life example of voter fraud? Fairfax County election officials say they have 17 — and they’re providing names to local, state and federal authorities for prosecution.
The 17 voters reportedly cast ballots in both Fairfax County, Va., and the state of Maryland during the 2012 presidential election.
Officials from Fairfax and Montgomery County, Md., identified dual voters by matching first and last names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers.
Brian Schoenemann, secretary of the Fairfax County Electoral Board, said he sent letters and evidence to county Commonwealth Attorney Ray Morrogh, state Attorney General Mark Herring, U.S. Attorney Dana Boente and the Public Integrity Section of the Department of Justice requesting further investigation.
Names of the voters were not disclosed. But Watchdog.org learned that one of the multiple voters had been casting double ballots for the past decade.
Here is the full statement from Speaker Howell, Majority Leader Kirk Cox, Chairman Tim Hugo, Majority Whip Jackson Miller and Deputy Majority Leader Todd Gilbert:
“We are deeply concerned by allegations that more than a dozen voters in Fairfax County cast multiple ballots in the 2012 presidential election. These are alarming allegations that, if true, could undermine the integrity of our electoral processes.
“We applaud the Fairfax County Electoral Board for its diligence in checking and monitoring voter records, and thank the Board for presenting this case to federal, state, and local law enforcement. Electoral Boards bear enormous responsibility to maintain fair and transparent elections. In this case, the Fairfax County Electoral Board has upheld its commitment to the people of Fairfax and the Commonwealth of Virginia by appropriately referring this case to law enforcement for investigation.
“The seriousness of these disconcerting allegations cannot be overstated. Open access to and the integrity of the ballot box are critical to the success of our electoral process and the representative government that flows from it. As Americans, we all share a deep and abiding obligation to protect this process. As elected leaders, we take that responsibility seriously and are committed to upholding the rule of law. We will monitor this case closely over the coming days and weeks.”