RALEIGH — North Carolina’s common sense Voter I.D. laws were knocked down and labeled as racist voter suppression efforts, and opponents of the laws proclaimed far and wide that voter fraud simply did not exist. Despite those claims, the Voter Integrity Project of North Carolina has been hard at work over the past couple of years documenting cases of voter fraud and presenting their findings to the proper authorities.
One problem the project encountered along the way was finding prosecutors that were actually interested in prosecuting lawbreakers. Now, one of those unwilling prosecutors has been nominated for a U.S. Attorney position and the Voter Integrity Project is ringing the alarm.
“Given the track record of Mecklenburg County, District Attorney, Andrew Murray, a public servant who declined to prosecute two of the Voter Integrity Project’s fully vetted criminal referrals for interstate double voting, it sickened us to learn of his nomination for the Western District of NC position of US Attorney.
Our battle with DA Murray began after we completed a project called FLANC (Florida and NC). This involved analyzing voter records between the two states to identify any voters with a matching first & last name and who listed common addresses in their file. If any of them voted in both states for the same general election, we turned them over to both Florida and NC election officials.”
Over the course of the FLANC initiatives the Voter Integrity Project identified and made criminal referrals of more than 150 cases of alleged voter fraud.
“Frustrated by our lack of prosecutions, we arranged to meet with DA Murray (see DA Invite) in February of 2015. We had frank and honest discussions about our first criminal referral and also gave him a hard copy of a briefing which contained our supporting documentation for six other suspected double voters cases we had identified to election fraud investigators.
In the meeting, we pressed him to prosecute Ms. Jenkins and any of our other cases; but he refused, citing his inability to prove intent, which is required under NCGS § 163-275. We then argued (unsuccessfully) that proof of the crime would be enough to convince any reasonable jury that the voter intended to commit the crime. He declined again.”
Time after time Murray declined to prosecute because, according to Voter Integrity Project, the evidence would be too hard to secure and the crime did not amount to a priority relative to his case load. Voter fraud is a felony.
“After recently learning of DA Murray’s nomination to become the US Attorney for NC’s Western District, we sought SBOE confirmation on the status of all FLANC cases in his jurisdiction. On Sept 21, 2017 the SBOE confirmed that a total of two cases had been referred to DA Murray, but he again declined to prosecute either of them. Over the phone, the SBOE PIO Patrick Gannon said that “one of them even confessed to the crime, but didn’t know it was against the law,” so Murray let him off.
The bottom line is that DA Murray declined to prosecute two solid cases of interstate double voting, even though they had been fully vetted by SBOE investigators, working under the leadership of retired FBI Agent, Chuck Stuber.
Interstate double voting is a felony under both state and federal law. Since “District Attorney Andrew Murray” refuses to prosecute such proven cases in his state job, we have every reason to believe that “US Attorney Andrew Murray” would similar cavalier attitude toward this serious crime at the federal level.”
The decision to nominate Murray as a U.S. Attorney rests with President Trump’s administration. The Voter Integrity Project has requested of Trump that Murray be withdrawn for consideration due to the apparent dereliction of duty.
You can access the Voter Integrity Project of North Carolina site here.