News Fact-check: Is it rare for people to 'pretend to be someone else' while voting?

by Joseph Hill

The phrase “pretend to be someone else” is a common one in political rhetoric, and it’s not uncommon for people to vote under false names or impersonate other voters. But Cooper’s statement doesn’t mean that voter impersonation is a widespread problem in North Carolina, as he suggested. In fact, there are scant examples of voter fraud in the state. Between 2014 and 2017, North Carolina had just two confirmed cases of voter fraud , according to statistics from the Secretary of State’s office . In both instances, the person was caught attempting to vote more than once in a single election cycle.  One case involved a woman who was charged with voting twice while on probation for felony theft charges. The other case involved a man who was arrested after he allegedly voted twice by mail-in ballot . In both cases, the person voted under a different name than their legal name. The Secretary of State’s office also sent out an email warning about an upcoming election security training seminar that will be conducted by the Department of Homeland Security and local law enforcement. The email stated that it will cover “the latest information on election security issues and how they can impact you as an individual or your business.“  Cooper also told Tapper that he doesn’t believe efforts in North Carolina are targeting minority voters because they’re less likely to have photo ID credentials like driver’s licenses or passports. But his statement doesn’t say whether this belief applies statewide or nationally; he only said it applies locally.  “I think it’s targeted at certain groups,” Cooper said on CNN . “It’s not targeted at everybody.“   In November 2018, Cooper signed HB 933 into law , which requires voters to present photo identification before casting ballots at polling right during elections held within 120 days from Election Day (Nov 6). The bill passed unanimously in both chambers of the legislature and was signed by Gov. Roy Cooper on Path 12th 2019  into law without any opposition from either Democrats or Republicans . This bill has been met with much criticism from members of all parties who feel it goes against the Voting Rights Act . It has also been met with much criticism from members of all parties who feel it goes against the Voting Rights Act . As activists work towards overturning this bill , they plan on challenging its constitutionality as well as identifying areas where they feel this could be improved upon for future legislation .

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