Virginia election officials said today that they are taking steps to cancel the names of about 10,000 dead people who remain on the state’s voter rolls.
The state board of elections identified the deceased individuals while comparing the comprehensive Social Security Administration’s Death Master File obtained from the National Technical Information Service to the current list of registered voters in Virginia. Local registrars will take steps to cancel the names of the deceased voters from the rolls, the state board said.
In a news release, the state board said that 15 million records out of 60 million records in the NTIS master death file have been matched against the registered voter list. The board is reviewing the remaining 45 million records to identify potential additional matches. Virginia has 5.2 million registered voters.
Before conducting a comprehensive records match, the state board had matched monthly updates of records obtained from NTIS.
“Virginia is committed to ensuring only eligible voters are registered to vote,” said Donald Palmer, the secretary the the state board of elections. “The state board of elections’ efforts in utilizing the death master file has yielded significant results with the identification of over 10,000 deceased individuals contained in the voter rolls. Virginia will continue to work to ensure those deceased or ineligible to vote are removed timely from the voter rolls.”
Earlier this week, the state board declined to request an investigation of an organization that mailed voter registration forms to individuals who are ineligible to vote, including deceased people. Republican Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign had asked the board to investigate the matter, but board members said that local registrars have the capacity to identify ineligible voters.
– Michael Sluss