Forget the Walking Dead, get ready for the Voting Dead! by John Hayward

A voter registration disaster is brewing.

The Pew Center on the States recently released a report entitled “Inaccurate, Costly, and Inefficient: Evidence That America’s Voter Registration System Needs an Upgrade.” Among other findings, the study discovered “more than 1.8 million deceased individuals are listed as active voters.” Here come the Voting Dead.

Also, Pew found “approximately 24 million – one of every eight – active voter registrations in the United States are no longer valid, or are significantly inaccurate.”

But don’t worry, some people are getting all the paperwork filled out correctly. Unfortunately, about 2.75 million of them have done it in more than one state. A good 70,000 of them are registered in three or more states at the same time.

Our antique voter registration system doesn’t work very well, but at least it’s expensive. Pew conducted a study with Oregon that found “state and local taxpayers spent $4.11 per active voter to process registrations and maintain a voter list” during the 2008 election. In contrast, Canada uses a modern electronic system for voter registration and spends less than 35 cents per registration, even though a far higher percentage of the Canadian population is registered to vote.

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