Fairfax County Electoral Board Refers Potential Voter Fraud Cases for Investigation
Aug. 25, 2014
The Fairfax County Electoral Board has referred 17 individuals to the Fairfax County Commonwealth’s Attorney, the Office of the Attorney General of Virginia and the federal Department of Justice for investigation of possible voter fraud. The individuals appear to have voted in both Fairfax County and various localities in Maryland during the 2012 General Election, and in some cases, multiple federal elections over the last decade.
“The Electoral Board takes its responsibility to ensure election integrity seriously,” said Board Secretary Brian W. Schoeneman. “After our initial review of county voting records and a comparison to Maryland voting records, we determined that it was in the public interest to refer these individuals to law enforcement for investigation.”
A third party voter organization originally identified the potential dual voters during a review of publicly available voting records earlier this year. After being provided with the list, the county’s Electoral Board requested voting records from Maryland, which were compared to Fairfax County’s records. A review of those records led the board to conclude that there was sufficient evidence to warrant referrals to law enforcement for further investigation. A statewide list was provided to the Virginia Department of Elections.
“There are approximately 700,000 registered voters in Fairfax County and at least one election each year, but more often we have several elections a year. It is a gargantuan task to keep our lists up to date – a challenge that is shared by jurisdictions across the country. By investigating these potential cases of voter fraud, we hope to deter anyone whose actions may call into question the integrity of our election process,” noted Schoeneman.
“It is important to note that the individuals have not been accused of a crime and are of diverse ages, genders and political affiliations,” he added.