adds NC and VA to online voter rolls; discrepancies found
Oct 27, 2021

by Voter Reference Foundation

A new voter transparency website,, is adding North Carolina and Virginia to its online voter registration database starting this week.

As part of that rollout, the non-profit Voter Reference Foundation (VRF), publishers of VoteRef, disclosed discrepancies between the number of voters listed as having cast ballots in 2020 and the number of votes per the state's official canvass.

The discrepancies are as follows:
  • Virginia — 63,984
  • North Carolina — 42

The cause of the discrepancies is undetermined, said VRF Executive Director Gina Swoboda, a former Arizona election official under two administrations.

“We are publishing official county and state voting records," Swoboda said. "Basic accounting principles suggest the numbers we are comparing should match and they don't. We need to get to the bottom of why that is the case."

Virginia State Board of Elections officials, when asked to respond to the discrepancy, attributed it to purges of voter history information after the election.

Nevada officials made a similar argument to VRF after an 8,964 vote discrepancy was discovered there. Subsequent news reporting indicated that claim was probably false after examining death and change of address records.

VRF is asking Virginia SBE to produce the vote histories it claims were purged.

In compiling the voter registration lists from counties and states after the election and certification process, the VRF is comparing whether the number of ballots certified in 2020 matches the number of voters. Specifically, VRF compared the number of voters reported on voter registration lists collected in early 2021 to the number of ballots cast per the states' official canvasses, certified in December 2020.

Today’s announcement brings four states online nationally since launched this summer. Nevada and Pennsylvania launched earlier. The discrepancy in Nevada was 8,964 and in Pennsylvania it was 41,503. Numerous other states will be added to the database with the goal of all 50 states in 2022. is a permanent reference source operated by VRF. Those who access the website are able to search by name or address for registered voters. They also will be able to examine voting histories -- a list of elections that voter participated in, as well as other important election data obtained via official sources.

The VRF was created by Restoration Action, an educational 501c4 organization founded by West Point graduate and successful entrepreneur Doug Truax. A former U.S. Senate candidate in Illinois, Truax is deeply interested in election integrity, as expressed in this recent op-ed in American Greatness.