They may have been deceased for years, but dead voters are still casting ballots from the other side of the grave, according to an investigative report by CBS 2.
The discovery was found by merging the Chicago Board of Election voters histories with the Social Security Administration’s death master file.
The investigation conducted by CBS 2 showed that a total of 119 dead people have voted 229 times in Chicago within the past 10 years.
Susie Sallee died in 1998, but she voted in Chicago 12 years later.
Victor Crosswell died in 1994, and has voted six times since his death.
Floyd Stevens died in 1993, but has submitted ballots 11 times since then.
Tadeusz Ciesla died in 1998, but records show he voted two years later.
Earl Smith died in 1997, but has voted twice since he died – and his son said he had reported his father’s death.
Robert Sallee said he reported his mother’s death multiple times, but “They’re just not taking her off the rolls.”
The city’s election board spokesperson, Jim Allen, says it was mostly just “clerical errors” involving family members with the same names and addresses.
Allen claimed that 60,000 dead voters have been removed from the voter rolls over the last decade, but investigations found evidence to prove that they certainly haven’t all been removed.
“Any time you can clean up the rolls it helps reduce and eliminate the prospect of any kind of mistake or fraud,” Allen says.
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