According to this article: (emphasis mine)

But now, for the very first time, comes concrete proof that massive voter fraud might have taken place in the 2012 election, sufficiently widespread to have tainted more than 1 million votes nationwide.


Because North Carolina makes for about 2.5 percent of America’s population, the projected number of actual double votes nationally could reach to 1 million.

So is it credible that there were 1 million "fake" votes?

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    I didn't find the study they referenced, but it was apparently run by these guys: ncsbe.gov/ncsbe
    – Oddthinking
    May 5, 2014 at 15:21
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    Nobody claims that there were 1 million fake votes (at least not in the link you provide). They claim that a linear projection of the North Carolina evidence would result in 1 million fake votes. That is a claim about math, not a claim about what is actually the case.
    – user5582
    May 5, 2014 at 16:31
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    @Articuno I know. The question is whether that math is credible or is being twisted for whatever reason. Is that off-topic? This question is also about math, I don't see why those would be off-topic.
    – ike
    May 5, 2014 at 19:09
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    The article also don't claim it is correct. They only claim that the fraudulent votes may have occurred, both in NC, and in their projection.
    – user5582
    May 5, 2014 at 20:08
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    From the article "The conclusion: 35,750 people who voted in North Carolina may have also voted in at least one other state in the 2012 election" (emphasis mine). That's the strongest claim that I saw in the article.
    – user5582
    May 5, 2014 at 20:12

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Having let some time pass for investigation, the apparent conclusion here is No, it's not credible.

A Washington Post article titled "7 papers, 4 government inquiries, 2 news investigations and 1 court ruling proving voter fraud is mostly a myth", which admittedly takes a very strong editorial opinion on the matter, links to exactly what it claims to. Of note are the four government investigations, since they include North Carolina (as asked about) and Kansas (as the state which was running the investigative database):

Kansas' secretary of state examined 84 million votes cast in 22 states to look for duplicate registrants. In the end 14 cases were referred for prosecution, representing 0.00000017 percent of the votes cast.

A 10-year 'death audit' in North Carolina turned up a grand total of 50 instances in which a vote may have been attributed to a deceased person, most likely due to errors made by precinct workers.

Additionally, this article describes an investigation where three NC state representatives and one state senator were found to have matching names and dates of birth with registered voters in other states.

So while the original article used enough weasel words that it's not technically wrong, the scale of fraud it described is grossly exaggerated.

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