Nearly 20 percent of people registered to vote in Rhode Island, shouldn’t be.
The state’s voter rolls inaccurately contain 150,000 people that don’t belong there, according to the secretary of state.
The Providence Journalreported Wednesday that Nellie M. Gorbea, Rhode Island’s secretary of state, has found around 150,000 people who are erroneously on the rolls. “It’s not really fraud. It’s really just inaccuracies,” Gorbea said.
Gorbea has already removed 65,000 names since 2015, the Journal says. An additional 30,000 names were deemed inactive.
Dirty voter rolls alone may not be “really fraud,” but they are a surefire stepping stone to voter fraud, creating a perfect environment for cheating. Clean elections require clean voter rolls – and so does federal law.