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  • Dead Voters (Deceases residents cast 2003 ballots)

    This CAR investigation of voting records and Social Security death records found that deceased residents voted in the primary election in 2003. It was also found that thousands of dead people remain as registered voters on the voter rolls. State and local officials say this can create an 'opportunity for ghostly corruption.'
  • Records: Illegally cast ballots not rare

    The Atlanta Constitution looks at the existing and the potential scope of voting errors and fraud in Georgia. The investigation finds that "the actual number of ballots cast by the dead is fairly small - 5,412 in the past 20 years," but "the ranks of potential dead voters have grown dramatically in recent years." The story analyses the most common errors in voting records and the loopholes in some election laws. The report also describes the voter identification requirements.
  • Chicago: Where the Dead Vote

    Lax maintence and archaic systems allowed more than 47,000 duplicates and more than 1,000 dead voters to remain on the voter rolls for Chicago's 1995 mayoral election. The dead did vote, but usually inadvertently. The reporters did not find corruption-what they did find was mistakes beig made; votes were attributed to dead people because of the sloppiness of the list, which was cluttered with duplicates and names of the dead.
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    The Philadelphia Inquirer interviewed over 1500 people in whose names absentee ballots were cast in a critical 1993 Senate race; the paper found that over one-third of the absentee votes were fraudulent. Among other things, the paper found dead voters, non-existent voters, phony voters, registered voters who did not vote, forged signatures and people who voted twice. Sufficient fraud was uncovered on the part of the winning candidate and his campaign to change the outcome of the election. As a result, a federal judge removed the Democratic candidate, William Stinson from office, sweeping changes were made in the Election Code and the city's management of elections, 1994.