Skip to comments.OHIO: Investigation Finds Votes Cast By People Listed As Dead: Rep. Dennis Kucinich stunned
Posted on 11/05/2006 2:09:02 PM PST by rface
CLEVELAND -- 5 On Your Side Investigator Duane Pohlman finds that there are several votes being cast by citizens who are dead.
Among thousands of graves at Holy Cross Cemetery, Pohlman found the final resting place of Edward Wisniewski.
John Wisniewski lived next door to his brother for decades.
John Wisniewski said Edward Wisniewski has been buried at the cemetery since 2002. According to an election sign-in sheet, he cast a vote in the May primary.
NewsChannel5, in partnership with the National Institute for Computer Assisted Reporting, conducted one of the most extensive reviews ever of Cuyahoga County voting records, Pohlman reported. The process involved comparing more than 200,000 voters against death records reported by the Social Security Administration.
U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich was stunned by what NewsChannel5 uncovered.
Pohlman reported the examination of the records revealed Wisniewski is not the only dead voter. In fact, 5 On Your Side uncovered 27 people who are dead, but votes were cast in their name anyway.
This is referred to as ghost voting -- people who vote for someone else.
Pohlman uncovered another example of ghost voting with Helen Kran. According to the Social Security Administration, she died in March 2005.
More than a year later, Kran voted in the May 2 primary.
"Yeah, it appears the individual that filled out their registration card and what they filled out on election day are not the same person," said Michael Vu, director of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.
Pohlman reported other signatures, like Charles R. Morris, look identical to a signature on May 2 election documents.
Morris died 11 months before the primary.
Pohlman reported the most concerning case is Wisniewski.
It is considered a felony, and Kucinich considered it a very serious matter.
Kucinich is deeply disturbed by the results of the investigation.
"This documentation that you offer is very troubling because it clearly indicates that someone was using the identity of a dead person to cast a vote," Kucinich said.
Pohlman said ghost voting is large enough of a problem to sway the results of a close race and certainly undercuts the principal that every vote counts.
"That's an assault on the integrity on the electoral process," Kucinich said.
The 5 On Your Side investigation has prompted Vu to launch an investigation at the BOE.
"We will conduct an investigation and gather all the information that we need and then give it to the county prosecutors office for further investigation," he said.
Meanwhile, Wisniewski and many other citizens continue to wonder how this could happen.
who did they vote for I wonder.
Vote early and vote often, the old time slogan of the democratic party.
quick, let me guess, which party's primary did they vote in???
"Meanwhile, Wisniewski and many other citizens continue to wonder how this could happen."
Wonder? It is in the DNC playbook, page 184.
Still wondering why 630,000 voted in Detroit in '04 but only 618,000 were registered.
Inquiring minds want to know...are you listening 60 MINUTES?
Oh, CBS doesn't investigate Democrats? Sorry, I forgot.
Dead rat voters.
Democrats digging deep to pull out more votes and Republicans are disenfranchising dead people.
Not hard to guess since it was in the primary. The party they voted for should have been obvious. And since it is not mentioned, it is.
Given it's Kucinich I wouldn't be surprised if he declared voting by Ouija board to be perfectly legitimate.
HE'S not dead, he's just stunned.
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"Pohlman reported the examination of the records revealed Wisniewski is not the only dead voter. In fact, 5 On Your Side uncovered 27 people who are dead, but votes were cast in their name anyway. "
27 out of 200,000 voters really isnt that bad in the whole scheme of things.
The people that did this should be found and prosecuted if that is possible.
I lived in Brook Park, OH (Cuyahoga County) for 34 years of my life. My father lived in the same house from 1961 to 1982 when he died. From 1982 until 1992 he was still on the voting sheets. Every year my sister and I would sign in and tell them that my dad was dead.
Back then, I was not as politically smart as I am now. Had I been, I would have realized that he was actually voting all those years.
In Louisiana we call it the voodoo vote. The dead continue to elect zombies into office at all levels of government.
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