The News and Observer offers some perspective:
According to the N.C. Board of Elections, there have been few instances of serious voter fraud referred to the district attorney's office for prosecution - 12 in 2002, 37 in 2004, seven in 2005, two in 2006. Voter fraud is a felony in North Carolina.
In 2008, which saw a sharp rise in voting when 4.2 million North Carolinians went to the polls, there were 235 voting felonies, 30 cases of double voting, 23 cases of noncitizens voting, five cases of absentee voting fraud and 16 cases of fraudulent registration forms turned over to the district attorney, according to the elections board.
The real problem for conservatives, as Weyrich complained, is too many people voting. Rep. Rick Killian (R) from Charlotte offers an anecdote in support of his bill. Forget the facts (with their well-known left-wing bias), he heard something somewhere from somebody:
"I have heard many, many stories about voter fraud," said Killian. "Most recently I heard in Washington County where four dead people voted in a sheriff's race. I believe there are cases of voter fraud, and I believe there are cases that are reported that are not investigated."
Johnnie McLean, deputy director of the State Board of Elections, said the story, which has been widely circulated in conservative circles, isn't true. The confusion arose over a clerical error, she said. On Election Day, voters pointed out four relatives who had died and who advised poll workers that their names should be should be stricken from the rolls. Their names were inadvertently put in a voter history list file but no ballot was cast in their names.
I heard Saddam had WMDs. I heard that a lot. And I heard that Obama is from Kenya. I even saw a picture in a supermarket tabloid of Obama meeting with space aliens.
(Cross-posted from Scrutiny Hooligans.)