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'''[[Dead people voting]]''' is a type of '''[[Vote fraud|election fraud]]''' that occurs when a deceased person remains on the voter registration rolls, and a person fraudulently casts a ballot in their name.
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'''[[Dead people voting]]''' is a type of '''[[Vote fraud|election fraud]]''' that occurs when a deceased person remains on the voter registration rolls, and a person fraudulently casts a ballot in their name.
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Sometimes, it is possible to establish that the names of deceased people still appear on voter registration lists.
  
 
==Episodes==
 
==Episodes==
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===Connecticut, 2008===
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Election officials in [[Connecticut]] removed names from the state's voter rolls after journalism students found that thousands of dead people were still registered to vote.  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.  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 [[citizen|citizens]] are able to exercise their right to vote.<ref name="deceased" /><ref name="deceased">[http://media.www.dailycampus.com/media/storage/paper340/news/2008/10/17/News/Registrars.Removing.Dead.Voters.From.Rolls-3493116.shtml ''The Daily Campus'', Registrars removing dead voters from rolls, October 17 2008]</ref>
  
 
===Florida, 2008===
 
===Florida, 2008===
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* More than 65,000 ineligible and duplicate voters on Florida's registration rolls.  
 
* More than 65,000 ineligible and duplicate voters on Florida's registration rolls.  
* 600 [[dead people voting|dead people]] on the list.
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* 600 [[dead people voting|dead people]] on the list.<ref>[http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/politics/elections/sfl-flbvoters1029sboct29,0,4441897.story ''Sun-Sentinel'', "Florida voting rolls contain dead people, duplicates, ineligible felons", October 29, 2008]</ref>
* 32,000 multiply-registered voters.
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* More than 33,000 convicted felons who should not be eligible to vote.<ref>[http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/politics/elections/sfl-flbvoters1029sboct29,0,4441897.story ''Sun-Sentinel'', "Florida voting rolls contain dead people, duplicates, ineligible felons", October 29, 2008]</ref>
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===Tennessee, 2006===
 
===Tennessee, 2006===
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* In 2006, the Tennessee State Senate voted to nullify the election of Ophelia Ford after an investigation revealed that three poll workers had faked votes in her behalf, including at least two votes cast in the name of [[dead people voting|dead people]].
 
* In 2006, the Tennessee State Senate voted to nullify the election of Ophelia Ford after an investigation revealed that three poll workers had faked votes in her behalf, including at least two votes cast in the name of [[dead people voting|dead people]].
  

Revision as of 23:54, 28 October 2008

Dead people voting is a type of election fraud that occurs when a deceased person remains on the voter registration rolls, and a person fraudulently casts a ballot in their name.

Sometimes, it is possible to establish that the names of deceased people still appear on voter registration lists.

Episodes

Connecticut, 2008

Election officials in Connecticut removed names from the state's voter rolls after journalism students found that thousands of dead people were still registered to vote. 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. 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.[1][1]

Florida, 2008

A study conducted by the Florida Sun Sentinel in late October 2008 found:

  • More than 65,000 ineligible and duplicate voters on Florida's registration rolls.
  • 600 dead people on the list.[2]

Tennessee, 2006

  • In 2006, the Tennessee State Senate voted to nullify the election of Ophelia Ford after an investigation revealed that three poll workers had faked votes in her behalf, including at least two votes cast in the name of dead people.

National statistics

Year Total U.S. Registered Voters Total U.S. Deceased Registered Voters
2008
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Deceased voter statistics by state

News

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