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The Voting Dead? Florida's Deceased Voters Pose "Grave" Peril To 2012 Election

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By Chris Leggatt and Tom Lauder

It’s like the plot of a Hollywood horror film – Zombies rising from their graves to reach out and … well, vote.  Seem impossible?  Put on your on your 3D glasses, because this is one horror movie that may be coming to life. 

Rose Kaplan was born on September 20th, 1908.  In September of 2008, just 13 days short of her 100th birthday, Rose passed away.  But according to the Voter Rolls from the Broward Supervisor of Elections, on November 2nd, 2008, in spite of being dead for over a month, Rose Kaplan walked in to her precinct and cast her ballot in the Presidential Election

Stanley M Wojcik was born on April 6th, 1912.  According to the voter rolls provided by the Broward Supervisor of Elections, Stanley Wojcik voted in the primary and general elections of 2008, and 2010.  According to the Social Security Death Index though, Stanley M Wojcik passed away in Montana in 1995, or Stanley Wojcik died on the 9th of March, 2005 in Port Richey, Florida… or he may be still alive and voting somewhere in South Florida – Why the confusion? Because absentee ballots have been cast in his name in these elections, with no photo verification that it’s actually him casting the ballots.  Stanley is just one of hundreds of records of absentee ballots cast with no recent photo verification.

With the upcoming Republican Convention and Presidential election looming on the not-so-distant horizon, and the specter of “Florida elections-gone-awry” haunting the minds of voters, validity and accuracy in election results is rapidly returning to the foreground as a matter of concern for constituents of the Sunshine State.

Broward County has nearly 1.1 million voters, with over 560,000 Democrats, over 255,000 Republicans, and over 265,000 of the various other party affiliations.  The voting population of Broward County has been a prime determination for the course of elections, both federal and state for many years, and has been described on various occasions as “active” and “lively”.  “Active” it may be, but in some cases “lively” is not necessarily a word that can be applied to voters.

How is this possible?  Well, here is an example of the absentee ballot request form that has been mailed out to voters in Broward County:  

 

In looking at this document, please take special note that it only requires a voter to write down their driver’s license number “if available”, and also note that it provides check boxes for an absentee voter to select which elections they want to receive ballots for by mail.  If no checkboxes are selected, then the voter will automatically receive ballots for each and every election until November 2014.  Presumably when the absentee voter can re-request a new series of ballots.

It is also worth pointing out that nowhere on this mail-in form is there any method of verifying that the person requesting the ballots is the actual voter. According to the Broward County Supervisor of Elections website:

AT THE POLLS…

  • A picture ID with signature is required to vote!
  • Florida drivers license
  • Florida ID card
  • US Passport
  • Military or Student ID
  • Public Assistance ID
  • Debit/Credit Card

ID must have current signature.  Any combination of picture and signature is acceptable.

There is no similar verfication method on this form to prove that the voter whose information is being placed on this absentee ballot request form is still a living person.  The only way that could be confirmed is by accurate rolls. Thus far, and using a relatively small sampling of 1000 records, our investigation has revealed over 40 deceased individuals still on the voter rolls – with some of the individuals having passed away in 2008.

Deceased persons on the voter rolls, however does not prove that the dead are voting, or having ballots cast for them.  It shows ineffectiveness and job failure by Brenda Snipes the Supervisor of Elections and her staff, but the identification requirements should prevent voting fraud or at least the dead from voting.  At least, as long as everyone is doing what they’re supposed to, but that doesn’t always happen as is demonstrated by the vote cast by the late Rose Kaplan.

This story is ongoing, and our research continues in Broward and other counties. Voting records were researched using the list provided by the Broward County Supervisor of Elections.  The Social Security Death Index was used for confirmation of deceased status.  Both of these resources are public record, and can be accessed for a nominal fee by any citizen.

As our research and writing progress we are going to want the answers to some very serious questions One of the questions we are going to be asking will be – If this potential for voter fraud exists, what possible argument can be used against Voter Verification or greater Voter Identification measures? Perhaps the most concerning and spooky question is How has this particular type of potential voter fraud effected the outcome of recent elections?  The answers may be upsetting, and will be exposed in upcoming articles, as we further investigate into this issue.  Meanwhile, keep your 3D glasses handy…