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Dead People Don’t Vote….Do They?

1.8 million American voters are deceased
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According to an in-depth report from NPR,  a stunning amount of deceased Americans are still registered to vote.

In a tough, in depth report, NPR recently worked with the Pew Research Center and found that nearly 1.8 million  Americans who are registered to vote are deceased.   And,  another 24 million estimated voter registrations are either invalid, inaccurate, or possibly fraudulent.  The NPR report claims this has not led to widespread nationwide voter fraud, but had caused significant problems for officials who monitor elections.   There are those who would argue that the dead voters and invalid registrations have been exploited by such groups as ACORN, but arguably they have been on local, regional or state levels.  In our state, the most famous such example was the 100 plus dead people who voted in the 2004 governor’s election, where Gregoire defeated Rossi after several recounts.  Several ACORN workers, well after the fact, were prosecuted for voter fraud–that would counter some of the comments made by WA Sec. of State Sam Reed.   In an effort to counter this issue, WA, along with Oregon and six other states, are joining a computer network that will better allow them to share data and weed out deceased voters, inaccurate and invalid registrations.   One of the biggest fears about these millions of  voters is that IF a group were able to use them, it could affect significant elections.  In the multi-state investigations of ACORN over the last few years,  officials did find voters registered under the names Napoleon Bonaparte, Mickey Mouse, and Elvis…

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