Can dead voters sway an election?

While there are genuine instances of people casting absentee ballots before passing away and dead voters simply being misidentified, there are also cases of voter impersonation and other types of fraud.

According to WMCTV in Tennessee, the Shelby County Election Commission has confirmed the 68 dead people have voted between 1994 and 2004. This is just one example.

Of course, it’s harder to determine the extent of voter impersonation as long voters are not required to prove their identities when they vote. But we know absolutely that the potential for fraud is great.

Earlier this year, officials in Florida reported that 53,000 dead people were on the registration rolls, based on a comparison to federal Social Security files. Furthermore, some 182,000 people who may not even be U.S. citizens were on Florida’s voter rolls. This in a state where the 2000 presidential election was decided by just 537 votes.

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