Skip to comments.Local 2 Investigates Dead Voters (4,000 in Houston!)
Posted on 10/10/2008 12:21:08 PM PDT by TenthAmendmentChampion
HOUSTON -- Note: The following story is a verbatim transcript of an Investigators story that aired on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2008, on KPRC Local 2 at 10 p.m.
Local 2 investigates dead voters.
The push to register voters for this year's presidential election is breaking records.
More than 1.9 million people are registered to vote in Harris County alone.
But how many of the people listed on the voter roll are actually eligible to cast a ballot?
Investigative reporter Amy Davis shows you how hundreds of voters could sway this year's election -- voters who are not even alive.
"All-in-all, a great person, a great woman, just a wonderful person" is how Alexis Guidry described her mother to Local 2 Investigates.
"As far back as I can remember, they've always voted in the election," Guidry said of her parents. The March 2008 Primary was no exception. Voting records show Alexis' mom, Gloria Guidry, cast her ballot in person near her South Houston home.
"It was just very shocking, a little unsettling," said Alexis Guidry.
It's unsettling because Gloria Guidry died of cancer 10 months before the March Primary.
"She'd be very upset," Guidry said when asked what her mom would think.
Trent Seibert, of Texas Watchdog, says you should be too.
"This is really disquieting. It's concerning. It's worrisome," said Seibert.
He heads up the non-partisan news group on the web.
Texas Watchdog compared Harris County's voter registration roll with the Social Security death index and found more than 4,000 matches -- registered voters that, it appears, are already dead. Some of them, like Henderson Hill's late wife Linda, voted postmortem.
"I would like to know who did it, myself," Hill told Davis.
We don't know who used Linda Hill's or Gloria Guidry's IDs to vote, but we do know if their names had been purged from voter rolls after they died, using their IDs wouldn't have worked.
"This is a red flag. No matter where you are, this should set off alarm bells," Seibert said. "Someone needs to take a look at this."
Local 2 Investigates took the information to the Harris County Voter Registrar.
"We just kind of work with the systems that we're allowed to," explained George Hammerlein, the director of Harris County Voter Registration.
The county's system for culling deceased voters from the roll seems painfully primitive.
We watched employees clip obituaries from the newspaper and sort through probate records for names matching those on the roll. But, Hammerlein says while fraud is a concern, for his office, disenfranchising voters is a bigger one.
"We do all we can, but you know we'd rather err on the side of leaving people on the roll instead of taking them off inadvertently," he said.
But could that cautious "better safe than sorry" standard sway an election some say will be a close one? Texas Watchdog found 4,462 registered voters who appear to be deceased.
In 2000, George Bush won the presidential election by a mere 537 votes in Florida.
"We've never had any evidence there's a concerted attempt at fraud," Hammerlein told Local 2.
But there is evidence the state agency in charge of ensuring only eligible voters can vote is not.
The State Auditor's Office conducted an audit of the voter registration system at the Secretary of State's Office last November.
Auditors identified 49,049 registered voters state-wide who may have been ineligible to vote.
Approximately 23,576 may have been deceased and another 23,114 were possible felons. And they found more than 2,359 duplicate records.
The auditor did not find any instances in which potentially ineligible voters actually voted, but they wrote, "Although the Secretary of State's office has processes to identify many ineligible voters and remove them from the State's voter registration list, improvements can be made."
Almost a year after this audit, we wanted to know if the Secretary of State has made any improvements. Have they added any safeguards to the process?
No one from that office would talk to us on camera, but the Director of Elections told us, "We'd rather err in leaving someone on the roll than taking someone off."
"If there's something wrong here, if there's something amiss, this is the worst election to have that happen, "Seibert warned.
And Guidry agrees.
"I don't think it's a matter that she would take lightly," she said of her mom.
In what she calls an historic election, Guidry says her mother wouldn't want anyone speaking for her.
"I think she would definitely do all that she could just to make sure things were on the up and up." We sent the information we showed you to the Director of Elections in Austin. She said her office refers any credible allegation of election fraud to the Attorney General for investigation.
She said the cases we presented would be felony violations.
Visit www.texaswatchdog.org for more information about how Texas Watchdog found dead voters on the rolls.
Yeah! We have ACORN here is Houston. They hang out in Sheila Jackson Lee’s part of town.
Here’s an article on them in Houston: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/5949705.html
Be prepared for the most corrupt presidential election in this country’s history whose result will be the election of the most corrupt candidate, Barry Hussein Obama.
Sheila Jackson Lee? The dumbest member of Congress.
Obviously, this is a Martian Rover plot.
“Texas Watchdog compared Harris County’s voter registration roll with the Social Security death index and found more than 4,000 matches — registered voters that, it appears, are already dead. Some of them, like Henderson Hill’s late wife Linda, voted postmortem.”
This is disgusting. Men and Women died for this country, it’s freedoms and the right to vote.
These people that are signing up ineligible voters to secure the election for obama are thumbing their nose at the sacrifices families have made.
There are no words fit to print that would describe these fraudulent voters and those obtaining fraudulent registrations.
This must be the 4000 dead from Hurricane Ike that were hanging in trees according to a DUmmie.
That would put the damper on vote fraud a bit.
I believe this points out the incompetency of the Registrars of Voters.
They should be checking voter lists against the Social Security Death index on a regular basis.
When incompetency at the Voter Registrar’s Office is combined with organized fraud by ACORN, it is a recipe for disaster!!!!!
I have not heard one statement from “the One” concerning his OUTRAGE AT VOTE FRAUD, not one word from him or his campaign.
Only the racism accusations.
IMHO that means he’s aware and by his silence is condoning it.
Sooooo... This begs the question.... What the HELL has Harris County been doing for the past four GD years?!?!
I mean if a "Watchdog" group can catch this stuff, why can't those put in charge of checking find these problems?!?!
Just another reason for a national MANDITORY VOTER ID check when you vote.
Okay, everyone who’s surprised raise their hands... hmmm, I don’t see any hands.
Well, I am the election judge in my precinct and I noticed something earlier this year. My grandmother died 5 years ago and her name is still on the voter list. She and I didn’t live in the same precinct, but I’m now using her house as my business office, maybe that means I should cast her vote for her. /sarc
What’s the ratio of deceased D to deceased R voters? Oh wait, no information volunteered=rhetorical question.
The state’s vital records should be automatically connected with the secretary of state.
1. Require ID to vote in any federal election.
2. As part of the process, photograph voters as they sign in.
With these two simple measures, we would have a better chance to identify fraudulent voters before they get their hands on a ballot, and we would have a better chance of prosecuting the criminals who vote or attempt to vote for dead people. How much would it inconvenience the real voters? Not at all. And the cost? Almost no time - perhaps even a savings since poll workers would read names off the ID instead of trying to find names based on a guess at the spelling - and almost no money for a webcam photo of each voter in line. I'd love to see it happen.
The election should be postponed in order to weed out and invalidate the voter fraud.
Acorn should be shut down.
The people should demand it.
RE: “Be prepared for the most corrupt presidential election in this countrys history whose result will be the election of the most corrupt candidate, Barry Hussein Obama.”
Absolutely! Corruption from top to bottom. And you left out pegging The One as the Socialist/Marxist he is —
But not enough people CARE, or so it appears as of this date.
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