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Absentee ballot Voter fraud in Florida, New York.

October 1, 2012

Voter watchdog says it’s uncovered  absentee ballot fraud in Florida, New York

By  Published September 25, 2012 FoxNews.com

voting machines.jpgVoters cast their ballots in a school gym in New York’s Harlem neighborhood,   Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

A national voter fraud watchdog group announced Tuesday that it has uncovered  at least 31 cases of absentee ballot fraud in New York and Florida — a finding  the group claims is “just the tip of the iceberg.”

True the Vote, a group that focuses on voter fraud, said it turned over 31  cases to state and federal election authorities in which individuals cast their  votes in two states in the same federal election — which is a felony.

Logan Churchwell, a spokesman for the group, told FoxNews.com that the  organization accessed Florida’s complete voter registration roll and  cross-referenced it against 10 percent of New York’s list. It identified more  than 1,700 people with voter registrations in both states. Of that number, 31  people allegedly voted in both states during the same federal election  cycle.

Both Florida and New York require voters to cast ballots that correspond with  their permanent home addresses. Under federal law, voters are prohibited from  casting more than one ballot in the same election.

“This is further evidence of just how susceptible our election system is to  voter fraud,” the group’s president, Catherine Engelbrecht, said in a  statement.

The group said it has alerted the Office of Florida Secretary of State, the  New York State Board of Elections and the U.S. Department of Justice of its  finding.

“This should serve as a warning to any individual considering committing  voter fraud in this year’s election,” Engelbrecht said. “These findings are only  the beginning of our effort. As today is National Voter Registration Day, it’s  important to remember that no candidate or cause is worth a felony  conviction.”

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