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Pennsylvania takes step to identify voters registered in more than one state

PHILADELPHIA - Pennsylvania has joined a multi-state consortium that aims to identify people who may be registered to vote in more than one state, Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele announced Tuesday.

"One concern about the integrity of voter lists has always been whether someone who moves to another state could be registered and possibly cast votes in both states, which is against the law," said Aichele, addressing the 2013 County Election Officials Conference meeting in Philadelphia. "Participating in this consortium is our best way to prevent that."

The program, called the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program, will include 24 states, including Pennsylvania. Kansas operates the crosscheck program at no cost to the participating states.

In 2012, Aichele said the program discovered more than five million potential duplicate registrations. 

"I believe this program can help us remove from Pennsylvania's voter rolls people who have moved to other states and registered to vote there," said Aichele, whose department oversees elections in Pennsylvania. "This will improve the integrity of our voter lists, protect the legally cast ballots by our citizens and further bolster public confidence in our electoral process."

Pennsylvania will provide data for the crosscheck program in January and should have a list of potential duplicate registrations early next year, Aichele said.

"We will then ask county election officials to use the same process for contacting voters to verify their address and, if appropriate, remove them from the Pennsylvania voter rolls, as is now used when someone moves to another county within Pennsylvania," Aichele said. "By using the same process that is now in place I hope to keep the workload for our county officials to a minimum."

In addition to Pennsylvania, the other states participating in the program are Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee and Virginia.

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