Investigation Uncovers Dozens of Dead Voters on NYC Rolls

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Tuesday, 31 Dec 2013 10:43 AM

By Lisa Barron

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Death is not a barrier to voting in New York City, according to a Department of Investigation probe of the Board of Elections.

Undercover agents who conducted the investigation during this year's primary and general elections found 63 instances where the names of voters who were ineligible to vote, many of whom had died years earlier, were still on the records, says a newly released report.

"The majority of those 63 individuals remained on the rolls nearly two years—and some as long as four years—since a death, felony conviction, or move outside of New York City," said DOI Commissioner Rose Gill Hearn.

The investigators were able to vote in 61 instances, which involved 39 dead people, 14 convicts, and eight non-residents. The agents did not actually cast votes for an actual candidate but instead voted for a fictitious "John Test" on the ballot.

Board of Elections lawyer Steven Richman told the New York Post the agency does not always receive notification of a death.

"The information is only as good as the information we receive," he said.

But in some cases, poll workers did not challenge investigators even when they were aware they were not eligible to vote, reports the Staten Island Advantage.

"The DOI found significant areas that require a steadfast resolve to strengthen and improve operations if [Board of Elections] is to raise its level of performance to one in which our city can take pride, and to which we are all entitled," the report concluded.

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