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Study: 1.8 million dead people still on voter rolls

By Mike Baker

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Some 24 million voter registrations in the United States contain significant errors, including about 1.8 million dead people still on the rolls and many more approved to vote in multiple states, according to a report released Tuesday.

Even though the inaccuracies impact one in eight registrations, researches at the Pew Center on the States said they don't see it as an indicator of widespread fraud. Rather, they believe outdated systems are failing to keep pace with the most basic changes in people's lives, feeding perceptions that U.S. elections are not as airtight as they could be.

In conjunction with Pew's report, eight states said they are working this year on a centralized data system to help identify people whose registrations may be out of date.

"A lot of people probably assume we do this already," said Sam Reed, who oversees elections as Washington's secretary of state. "I think it's going to bring more trust and confidence in the election system."

About 2.7 million people have active registrations in multiple states, including about 2,000 people registered in four or more states, according to the Pew report. Elections officials said it is difficult to track when someone has moved to another state without canceling their previous registration.

Some 1.8 million deceased people are still listed as active voters, according to the study, which is based on a computer analysis of a proprietary voter database used by Democrats. Researchers believe 12.7 million records do not reflect the current addresses of active voters while 12 million contain address inaccuracies, including those that make it unlikely that mail could reach them.

Some of the files contain multiple problems, with Pew estimating that a total of 24 million have problems.

The numbers are at least partially supported by anecdotal evidence. For example, Washington state and Alaska — one of the nation's least populous states — compared each other's voter registration systems last year and found an estimated 4,500 duplicates.

The eight states involved in the centralization project are Colorado, Delaware, Maryland, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Virginia and Washington.

Pew believes the centralized system and online voter registrations will help save money by eliminating the need to print millions of forms, enter data by hand or send mail to outdated or incorrect addresses.

"That's a tremendous cost to the taxpayers," said David Becker, director of Election Initiatives at the Pew Center on the States. The centralized system has not settled on participation fees yet but is expected to be in the tens of thousands of dollars per state per year.

The Brennan Center for Justice, which has been working on voter registration issues, is also pushing for a modernization of the system but cautions that states need to take particular care to not rush to eliminate voters from their rolls. Lawrence Norden, an attorney at the center, said there have been a number of cases in recent years where people have been improperly removed from the system based on an incomplete match — for example, two people who have the same name and birthdate.

"This is something that has to be done very carefully," he said.

Some states have adopted laws in the last couple years to require photo IDs to vote — hoping it would prevent fraud even though examples of such cheating are rare. That tactic was one the Brennan Center is directly opposing.

Linda Lamone, the administrator of elections in Maryland, said the Pew work has already pushed the state toward online voter registration, which will also allow voters to update their information electronically. Maryland has also changed its system so that voters who choose to register while getting a driver's license must complete the process there. Previously, voters had to separately file paperwork and the state ended up having conflicting information about registrants.

Lamone said dead people who are registered in the state but end up dying in another state that does not actively share death information can leave deceased voters on the rolls. She said the centralized system will help ease those administrative challenges.

"We're going to get better information on voters," she said. "Overall, it's going to result in much more accurate voter registration lists."

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  1. inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
    February 15, 2012 @ 11:16 am

    It only took 100,000 Dead people voting in Chicago in 1960 to take the Presidency away from Richard Nixon and hand it over to John Kennedy. Just watch what those corrupt ACORN socialist planted seeds do in Florida come November. They are not just content to empty the Florida mental asylums, Alzheimer’s wards and old Folks homes to bus them to the polls in confusion, ,,,now they want to resurrect the dead spooks from their coffins to keep Obama’s Halloween party presidency in place, and the trick or treat socialist candy flowing.
    It has been a Chicago political ploy for years to peruse the Obituaries for names, then send their re-named professional voters down to the voting booths to keep the political machine well oiled. Free beer and cigarettes handed out to the skid row derelicts does wonders to keep then entrenched and in power.
    “Vote Early and Vote Often”
    A quotation attributed to Al Capone, and Richard J. Daley, both Chicagoans, Like our current President

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    • Son Of ThunderComment by mcrank
      February 15, 2012 @ 6:45 pm

      All 1.8 million of them are Democeats, no doubt.

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  2. CharlieComment by vietnamvet
    February 15, 2012 @ 11:22 am

    Too much centralization via computer databases sounds like it could grow into a dangerous thing.  I think mandatory picture ID for voting is a good first step …

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  3. gimmesometruthComment by gimmesometruth
    February 15, 2012 @ 11:37 am

    The DEMONcrats phoney outrage over states requiring photo ID in order to vote doesn’t pass the snicker test.  It is necessary to carry one in almost every economic transaction today, not to mention passports, licenses, or library cards.  They need this voter slush fund-group available for access just in case they come up short.  These political witch doctors can summon up voting zombies at a moments notice.

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  4. cxComment by genesal
    February 15, 2012 @ 11:39 am

    Some of the DEAD voters vote BETTER than some of the LIVE voters.

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  5. lwessonComment by lwesson
    February 15, 2012 @ 12:14 pm

    You can count on the DEAD, to be reliably forever consistent, even if they lay around on the job, day and night, rain or shine.  Sadly, while THE DEAD seem to have willpower to shuffle up to the polls, they are manipulated by those who are unworthy to still be pulling in air. 
    The electronic voting devices, smell rotten of Orwell’s 1984 Police State Utopia.  As any criminal, a good one that is, will tell you, don’t leave a trail that leads back to you.  Get rid of the evidence or at least, leave no papers pointing to you.  Poor, Vince Foster, lying moldering in the ground, is a fine case study.  I bet he votes, now.
    Humm?  The traitorous scoundrel, Lyndon Johnson is now long dead.  He loved using the Dead in elections.  I bet he votes and votes often even if it is a long trip from down below.

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  6. walterComment by walter
    February 15, 2012 @ 12:32 pm

    I wonder what percentage will vote democrat in November !

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  7. Bryan KComment by Bryan K
    February 15, 2012 @ 1:22 pm


    We have good data that between 30-40,000 “Florida voters” in southeast Florida (Democrat-socialist territory) voted BOTH in FL and New York, New Jersey, and Conneticutt in 2000. It’s estimated that 80% of these voted Democrat-socialist. So Florida wasn’t even close. Bush WON by 20-30,000. Of couse the idiot left will never accept this fact.  

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  8. 7loftyponderingsComment by 7loftyponderings
    February 15, 2012 @ 1:40 pm

    It seems that voting rules have become way to lax, leaving the door open for much fraud. Voter ID would be a good beginning. I can’t imagine there are that many citizens that are without ID as even going to the doctor now requires it. If my memory serves me it seems that long ago if one didn’t vote in a certain number of elections they would need to register again. It seems that now they can’t remove anyone, unless the individual tells them too. One area that needs more scrutiny would be early voting and mailed in ballots.

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  9. wdjincComment by wdjinc
    February 15, 2012 @ 4:52 pm

    The Dems are against voter ID’s because of the number of dead people who will be voting for them might be challenged. The Boss (original Mayor Daley), along with mob higher ups connected to Joe Kennedy stole the election away from Nixon. If Illinois had swung to Nixon Kennedy would have lost that very close election. 

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  10. FreeDameComment by freedame
    February 17, 2012 @ 2:31 pm

    When I first started voting (not QUITE in the Dark Ages, but almost!) we had to register 30 days in advance of the election. We were MAILED a voter registration card, which we had to present at the polling place or we COULD NOT VOTE. The card was good for 4 years. After that, we had to re-register.

    Those were good rules, and I don’t see any way they could disenfranchise ANYBODY. So why were they abandonded? Because they PREVENTED voter fraud, and “Progressives” couldn’t steal elections.

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