Even though I’m sure it’s challenging to keep track of everyone who passes away and the names on voter rolls, it seems that because both of these have been registered with the authorities, in today’s day and age of computers such systems might be coupled together and conveyed to delete deceased voters from the voting rolls. That is not the case, though.
In 2020, there were around 8,000 deceased voters listed in North Carolina, some of whom had been gone for 25 years. A woman registered to vote in the state for 20 years after she passed away in 2003.
When complaints were submitted in Pennsylvania, dead voters were deleted 95,000 times in 2019, 91,000 times in 2018, and 103,000 times in 2017. Despite all, there are still complaints about at least 21,000 deceased individuals who are still listed as voters. I want to ask this particular state, “How long did Ben Franklin get to vote?”
The secretary of state refused to erase 26,000 deceased persons from the voter records, so Michigan is currently in court over the issue. Every vote should be counted, after all! Right?
What could possibly be worse than having deceased individuals on the voter registration list? Why not include the deceased on the ballot?
In a Pennsylvania state House campaign during the midterm elections, the Democrats ran a deceased candidate. Did this person pass away on the evening of the election? No, is the response. Even after he had passed away for a month, his name was still on the ballot.
In fact, both Republicans and Democrats have had occasions when deceased individuals appeared on the ballot. Now, I could be wrong, and I don’t intend to be disrespectful to the deceased, but it seems to me that being alive should be a requirement for standing for an elected post.
What could possibly be worse than having deceased individuals on voter lists and on ballots? Why not have the dead decide who is elected?
The Washington Post published a story in 2014 about five people who were elected to Congress despite the fact that they were already deceased. A different article mentions five more deceased politicians who were elected to different positions, notably two mayors, two state senators, and one congressman. The departed Democratic candidate in Pennsylvania was re-elected last week with an overwhelming 85 percent of the vote!
Without conducting a thorough search, I discovered everything here, but the thought that popped into my head made me consider what else I might be overlooking. How many people who have passed away cast ballots for deceased candidates? That’s a somewhat unsettling concept.
My daughter proposed that perhaps they might share six feet as a point of common ground. However, it might be best to move Election Day back to Halloween, on October 31, when you can dress up as your preferred candidate and the idea of dead people voting and deceased candidates running won’t sound nearly as ominous.
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