Virginia Discovers Nearly 19,000 Dead People on Voter Rolls

As Virginia election officials work to clean up the state’s voter rolls, they announced the discovery of many dead people still listed as registered voters. 

After reviewing death records dating back to 1960, they found 18,990 deceased voters who had not been removed. “I knew that there was something there, but I did not know that it was this big,” Virginia Elections Commissioner Susan Beals said. 

The error is being corrected. “It was a computer coding error that missed between the date of the death being reported and the date of the death certificate,” Beals said. “We are in the process of building a new statewide voter registration system, and I want to make sure that the data we put into that system is as up-to-date as it can possibly be.” 

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