Washington, D.C., has failed to remove from its voting rolls as many as 13,000 former residents who years ago moved to Prince George’s County and cast ballots there, making fraud by voting in two jurisdictions as easy as going to the polls in their old neighborhoods, The Washington Times found in a review of records.
In dozens of cases, names are listed as voting in both jurisdictions in the November presidential election. Provided a subset of the names, the District pulled paper records and said most did not vote, but that other voters accidentally associated their ballots with the former residents’ names instead of their own.
For others listed as voting in both jurisdictions, they had no such explanation.
“All voter fraud violations discovered by the District of Columbia Board of Elections will be referred to both the District and the United States Attorney General Offices for further review,” said D.C. Board of Elections spokeswoman Agnes Moss.
One voter acknowledged casting a ballot in both places, others became hostile or fearful when questioned about whether they had voted twice, and more expressed concern that their identities were being used fraudulently.
“People say that doesn’t exist and it does,” said Bev Harris of the voter fraud watchdog group Black Box Voting.
Democrats who have been deeply active for decades in the community of black, middle-class residents — who, by the tens of thousands have left the District for its eastern neighbor, though are still active in the District or employed by its government — said Prince George’s County residents using their former D.C. addresses to cast votes there is an open secret.
“It happens a lot,” said Ward 7 activist Geraldine Washington. “I know of people who still vote in their old address after they’ve moved [out of the District]. I mean years after. They do that a lot.”
Someone voted using Valerie D. Gray-Turner’s name and address in Northeast in November, and she does not have a daughter who shares her name.
“Not to my knowledge. I didn’t go down there and vote five months ago. I moved to Maryland in 2008,” she said.
Bisi D. Dada moved from Varnum Place Northeast to Upper Marlboro but is listed as eligible to vote in the District — and as having cast a ballot there in November.
“I did not vote in D.C.; I voted at Frederick Douglass [High School] in Upper Marlboro. How is that possible? You’re supposed to show your ID, and I don’t have any D.C. driver’s license. I don’t know who could have done that. I did vote in D.C. in 2008 but not in this last election.”
Definitive totals for votes affected are impossible to determine. Unlike the vast majority of other jurisdictions, the District would provide neither birth dates nor full middle names of voters, but gave only the middle initial.
The list of voters with names so unusual that there has been only one in the District and one in Prince George’s and who are listed as voting in both jurisdictions in the 2012 election is in the thousands. In an examination of 85, The Times confirmed through interviews and other public records that 15 were in fact the same person.