Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Massachusetts has estimated 116K dead voters on its rolls

By: Mark Tapscott

A new study of the nation's voter registration records finds 3.3 million dead voters are still on the rolls - including an estimated 116,483 in Massachusetts - while another 12.9 million who are ineligible also remain.

The study was done by Aristotle International Inc., a Washington, D.C. technology company that specializes in election-related programming and database services for public officials and agencies.

Not only does this raise concerns about potential voter fraud, but from the interest of campaign consultants, ineligible or expired voters could lead to a waste of resources, John Aristotle Phillips, CEO of Aristotle, told CNS News.

“Some states have bigger problems than others,” Phillips said. “With deadwood exceeding one in seven votes in some counties, candidates might as well spend a day a week campaigning in the cemetery.”

Other states besides Massachusetts with high numbers of dead and ineligible voters on their registration rolls include New Hampshire, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming, according to Aristotle. North Carolina has the fewest such voters on its rolls, Aristotle found.

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