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Voting 'Thriller': Almost 2 million dead, registered voters in U.S.

votingbooths021512_optBY ANGELA DAIDONE
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Are you dead? If so, don't worry. Your opinion still counts... when it comes to putting a candidate in office, that is.

According to a new report by the Pew Center on the States, more than 1.8 million dead people are still registered to vote, and 24 million registered voters are either invalid or inaccurate, NPR reported.

The vote is still out, however, on whether or not these massive miscues have led to fraud, but one has to wonder as to the vulnerability of the whole process.

Election officials say the biggest problem is that Americans are transient, moving from place to place and forgetting to change their voter status.

The Pew study also found that almost 3 million people are registered to vote in more than one state, the report said.

However, when people die, it takes a while for officials to be notified, if at all.

To combat the problem, seven states are entering into a joint program with other agencies, such as the Social Security Administration, to gather voter information and other data bases to try to make their voter lists more accurate. New Jersey is not among the group.

Election officials are hoping to implement the program in time for the November elections.

Meanwhile, the report found that nearly 50 million Americans are eligible to vote but have not yet registered to do so.

 

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