November 07, 2005

State of New Jersey: "So, Dead People Aren't Allowed to Vote?"

This is asinine. Evidently, New Jersey's state registrar didn't know he was supposed to purge dead voters from the voting rolls.

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A judge concerned about the potential for voter fraud in Tuesday's election has ordered the state to compile the names of all adult New Jersey residents who have died since 1985.

State Superior Court Judge Linda R. Feinberg made the ruling Friday after learning that the official responsible for tracking deaths had failed to do so because he didn't know it was his responsibility.

The case stemmed from Republican complaints that an estimated 13,000 people who apparently have died remain on voter registration lists, including 4,755 people who reportedly voted in last November's election.

The state registrar of vital statistics is required to provide counties with an annual list of all people over age 18 who have died, so the counties can remove those names from voter registration lists.

State officials say the annual lists of deaths from 1985 to 2003 are available, but last year's list remains incomplete and unverified. Deputy Attorney General Melissa Racsa said Joseph Komosinski, the registrar since 2003, "was unaware that this was one of his obligations."

Feinberg ordered the office to turn over whatever information it had from 2004.

She said the lists must be distributed by Monday to all of the state's 21 counties and both major political parties. She also ordered election workers to check the names of those who cast absentee and provisional ballots against the names of deceased residents.

"It is truly alarming," Feinberg said of concerns that people might have used dead people's names to illegally vote.

I am truly at a loss for words.
I knew that the Democrats pretty much had locked up the union vote, the African-American vote, the gay vote... but, I had no idea that they had also locked up the dead vote.

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