“CBS2 Investigation Uncovers Votes Being Cast From Grave Year After Year”

This story from CBS2’s David Goldstein is sure to make a lot of waves in CA.

CBS2 compared millions of voting records from the California Secretary of State’s office with death records from the Social Security Administration and found hundreds of so-called dead voters.

Specifically, 265 in Southern California and a vast majority of them, 215, in Los Angeles County alone.

The numbers come from state records that show votes were cast in that person’s name after they died. In some cases, Goldstein discovered that they voted year after year.

Across all counties, Goldstein uncovered 32 dead voters who cast ballots in eight elections apiece, including a woman who died in 1988. Records show she somehow voted in 2014, 26 years after she passed away.

It remains unclear how the dead voters voted but 86 were registered Republicans, 146 were Democrats, including Cenkner.

I’d like to know more information on how many of these are from absentee ballots (the story mentions one that day) and how many are at polling places, where sometimes what looks like fraud is administrative error, such as people signing on the wrong lines. Let’s wait and see what the inevitable investigations show before we jump to conclusions that this is a major problem in CA.  But at the very least, the state needs to do a MUCH better job removing deceased voters from the rolls.

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