Fact check: Democratic commentators falsely claim Mehmet Oz isn’t registered to vote in Pennsylvania
“If someone moves from one ERIC state to another,” Becker said, “both states know about the move, and the former state of residence can reach out to the voter to confirm their move, and inactivate or cancel their registration. In the case of Dr. Oz, while Pennsylvania is in ERIC (and has been for several years), New Jersey is not, so there was no way for New Jersey to know he moved.”
It would be illegal for Oz or anyone else to vote in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania in the same election, but there is no sign Oz has ever done that. There are a tiny number of double-voting fraud cases in a typical federal election.
Oz’s Pennsylvania registration
Yanick said in a statement to CNN: “Dr. Oz is a registered and active Pennsylvania voter, having just voted in the Pennsylvania primaries on May 17 and the other elections here since he moved back home. He was previously registered in New Jersey but the voter rolls have not been scrubbed to accurately reflect his change in status.”
But Hale said, “Research demonstrates that voter fraud is incredibly rare, and that we have adequate administrative and legal protections in place to address that, if it does occur.”
Fetterman correctly wrote that Oz is registered in New Jersey and that New Jersey is “notably *not* Pennsylvania.” That isn’t the same thing as saying Oz is not registered in Pennsylvania at all — though Fetterman’s language might have confused readers who assumed that someone can only be registered in one state at a time.
Litman, the Los Angeles Times columnist whose inaccurate tweet went viral, said in a message to CNN that “the important fact that I got wrong was assuming that the registration in NJ would necessarily preclude one in PA also.”
This story has been updated to include a comment from Occupy Democrats.