Connecticut registrars removing dead voters from rolls
October 17 2008
Election officials in Connecticut are taking names off the voter rolls after journalism students found that thousands of dead people were still registered. After conducting their own investigation students at the University of Connecticut said this spring that about 8,5000 dead people remained registered to vote. The Connecticut Secretary of State worked with local registrars to remove more than 5,200 of those names from the rolls.
Some "deaths" difficult to verify
The deaths of about 1,300 people on the students' list could not be confirmed. They were moved to the "inactive" list. But 45 of the "dead" voters were actually alive. That highlights the balancing act undertaken by state officials, who recognize the potential for fraud when dead people remain registered to vote, but must also ensure that eligible citizens are able to exercise their right to vote.