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More Than 349,000 Dead Registrants Remain on Voter Rolls, Report Finds

Posted on Friday, September 18, 2020
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Nearly 350,000 dead registrants remain on voter rolls across 41 states, according to an audit (pdf) conducted by the Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF).

The number is a major improvement over the last time an assessment of similar scope was performed in 2012, when a Pew Research report turned up 2 million deceased voters on the rolls.

In the 2016 and 2018 elections, states credited 14,608 registrants for voting after death, the PILF report found. The foundation didn’t count cases where votes could have been cast by living registrants during the early or absentee voting periods.

North Carolina led the United States in both 2016 and 2018 in the number of votes credited to deceased registrants. The second-worst states in both elections registered three times fewer votes cast by dead registrants.

With less than two months left before Election Day in November, the report is a major contribution to the argument about mail-in voting. Supporters of vote-by-mail say it is more essential than ever in 2020 due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19. Opponents say universal mail-in ballots open the door for fraud and undermine confidence in the outcome of the election.

“The timing is critical. Partisan advocates have fought for automatic vote-by-mail systems in which all registered voters are sent ballots. These efforts must assume the voter rolls are accurate enough to sustain this sort of radical transformation to how we conduct elections. They are not,” PILF President J. Christian Adams wrote in the introduction to the report.

Some 100 million voters will receive either ballots or ballot request forms in the mail, according to a tally maintained by The Washington Post. Early and absentee voting has already begun in some states.

The PILF audit combined voter roll data from 42 states into a database where each registrant and vote could be cross-referenced to detect duplicate votes cast from the same address and spot registrants who appear to have voted more than once in their state or across state lines.

In 2016, there were 43,760 such duplicate votes cast. In 2018, the number dropped to 37,889. Tens of thousands of the apparent duplicate votes were cast by mail, the report found.

The report also found 8,360 voters who appear to be registered in two states and voted in both. An additional 5,500 voters were apparently registered at two addresses in the same state and voted from both, according to the PILF.

The Trump administration embarked on a similar audit in 2018 with the formation of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. The commission was forced to disband after facing coordinated resistance from state officials who stonewalled requests for voter roll data. Adams, who was part of the commission, in 2019 picked up where the commission left off.

Three states sued to prevent their data from being released: Illinois, Maine, and Maryland.

The most populous states tend to have the most deceased registrants on voter rolls, the report found. New York, Texas, Michigan, Florida, and California accounted for 51 percent of all of the deceased registrants nationwide.

President Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized the potential for fraud in a mass mail-in vote election. He has instructed voters in North Carolina to vote by mail and then attend a polling place on Election Day to check if their mail-in ballot had been counted and, if it was not, to cast a vote in person. The PILF report found that 22 percent of the double vote credits in Arizona’s 2016 election were due to mail-in and subsequent in-person vote

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PaulGee
PaulGee
3 years ago

And you thought the following statement was a joke?

“My grandparents are voting democrat this year. This never would have happened if they were still alive.”

Joanned
Joanned
3 years ago

This info makes me quite uneasy about mail in voting?

Stephanie
Stephanie
3 years ago

It’s completely ridiculous except for those who are legitimately home bound/nursing home patients. There is so much fraud right now regarding this upcoming election that it is astounding. The Democrats cannot accept the loss 4 years ago and they will go to any length necessary to overthrow Trump.

Thomas Perry
Thomas Perry
3 years ago

This is why we can’t have mail-in voting except for the disabled, or those going to be out of town, who can’t get to the polls.

Clark Kent
Clark Kent
3 years ago

‘Coordinated resistance from state officials’? That tells you all you need to know about the magnitude of voter fraud in the USA. The 349,000 figure given seems very low; I would bet a new nickel there are at least that many fraudulent ballots in EACH state. As I live in Washington state, I can’t vote in person. Vote by mail has been in place for many years; along with the inevitable ‘found’ ballots for Dumbocrats after certain elections in which GOP candidates initially won in tight races.

Wayne
Wayne
3 years ago

This can’t be true! Democrats keep telling us that voter fraud never happens!

Sam
Sam
3 years ago

Watch all the dead ones, and dogs and cats and whomever else they can scrounge up, vote for Democrats…………

Geanine Hodges
Geanine Hodges
3 years ago

Mail in votes advocates are not concerned with COVID. Has nothing to do with that. We can shop, socialize and mark in protests, so we can surely wait in line to vote. Get real. I have always voted absentee will hand carry my vote, this year.

Tommy Molnar
Tommy Molnar
3 years ago

I still firmly believe if you can go shopping at Walmart or your local grocery store, or Home Depot, you can and should vote in person.

Robert McRae
Robert McRae
3 years ago

I moved out of NY when I retired over three years ago. I immediately registered to vote here in SC. The other day I received notice from NY of where my polling place was and an application for my absentee ballot. IT’S BEEN THREE YEARS NOW. GET IT TOGETHER.

Rik
Rik
3 years ago

I recently spoke with a woman who is a Republican and she checked some website here in California that showed her voting status. She always votes in person and was shocked to see that her status had been somehow changed and that she now had to vote only by mail. I had never heard of such a thing before and she wonders if she just shows up to vote whether she would be denied her right to vote. Or is this a “new” version of voter mail fraud dreamed up by our Progressively Communist Democratic Party? It reminds me of this: “My father ALWAYS voted Republican, but now that he’s dead, he votes for Democrats!”

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