Our two Cathys—Cathy Kelleher and Cathy Trauernicht made National Public Radio this week! Check out the story here:
As part of a new campaign, dozens of citizen groups around the country are searching voter registration lists, looking for problems.
They’re also training poll watchers to monitor this fall’s elections.
Leaders of the effort — spawned by the Tea Party movement — say they want to make sure that elections are free from voter fraud. But critics say it’s part of a campaign to suppress the votes of minorities, students and others who tend to vote Democratic.
Cathy Kelleher and Cathy Trauernicht say that’s not true. They’re founders of Election Integrity Maryland, one of the groups involved. They call themselves concerned citizens.
Maryland Election officials: We don’t see a problem in Maryland.
Kelleher says out of the first 7,000 voter records they reviewed, they found 5,400 irregularities and have reported this to local and state election officials. Those officials say those numbers are way overblown. They say they’ve reviewed the challenges and that most of the inconsistencies can be explained, or that they don’t have enough information to take someone off the rolls.
They’re also correcting a handful of duplicate registrations. And they say the state doesn’t have a problem with voter fraud.
Still, it’s no secret that the nation’s voter registration lists are a mess. A recent report by the Pew Center on the States found that almost 2 million dead people were on the rolls.
Trauernicht says that makes it hard to trust the system.
“Anyone I would talk to here in Maryland would say, ‘Oh, we don’t have voter fraud here.’ And I was thinking, well who’s to say we don’t have voter fraud if nobody’s really looked into it,” she says.
Election Integrity Maryland is also training people to be poll watchers, the eyes and ears of citizens at the polls.
Just a reminder that I am sure Vermont election officials also said they had no problem before the arrival of James O’Keefe and his merry band of cameramen.
Election Integrity Maryland is looking for more researchers and poll watchers, go here for more information. Last month, the two Cathy’s testified on Del. Nick Kipke’s Voter ID bill in the Maryland General Assembly, here.