Skip to comments.With massive errors in voter rolls, states move to data sharing, online registration
Posted on 02/14/2012 1:27:16 PM PST by Hunton Peck
An antiquated voter registration system is to blame for listing 1.8 million dead people as registered "active" voters in the United States, the Pew Center on the States concludes in a new study that shows millions of mistakes in voter rolls across the nation and recommends online sign-up.
The study found 24 million voter registrations, or one out of every eight, were no longer valid or are significantly inaccurate. Beside the nearly 2 million dead potential voters, 12 million registrations had the wrong address and 2.75 million voters were registered in more than one state.
"The system has been using technology that's really paper-based, mail-based, 19th century technology for a long, long time and it hasn't moved into the 21st century yet," Pew Election Initiatives Director David Becker said.
Election administrators say many of these mistakes occur when people move, or change their names. People often remember to update their driver's license, but don't realize their records are not automatically cross-referenced by a state computer. In most places, voters have to re-register separately.
Eight states are doing something to change that.
Colorado, Delaware, Maryland, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Virginia and Washington are creating a central, computerized database to share information with each other. This will help states electronically, and more quickly, verify if one of their voters has moved or died out of state.
"Twenty-first century technology really affords election officials the opportunity to better serve their voters," said Becker, "by having more accurate lists, more convenient and more cost effective ways of being on those lists, and obtaining more accurate records."
Another cause for error lies in the early voter registration paperwork, say election administrators. Forms filled out by hand can be hard for election workers to read. That's why more and more states are starting to offer online registration.
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And no doubt 90% of them still faithfully vote Democrat every election.
I did this after my son died.
On-line registration???? Yeah, that’ll work.
If WA State is involved, you can bet this is a ploy to destroy the election system, not fix it.
WA is voting on two bills right now that will destroy what is left of our voting laws.
The first one is same day registration in a state that has an all mail in voting system.
The second is a bill to allow a minority, any minority to challenge election results after the fact by claiming that the district wide voting watered down their vote. I call it, “The Heads, Democrats Win, Tails, Republicans lose Bill.”
My condolences (however belated) on the death of your son. What a terrible loss.
Your idea is a good one. I doubt most people think to do that.