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Nearly 20,000 Dead People Registered as Voters in Virginia, Election Officials Say

Virginia officials announced this week that they found nearly 20,000 dead people registered to vote as they look for ways to clean up the voter rolls.

The discovery was announced on Monday by the Virginia Department of Elections, which said that election officials found 18,990 dead people on the voter rolls, a mistake that was described as a “computer coding error.”

“It was a computer coding error that missed between the date of the death being reported and the date of the death certificate,” Virginia elections commissioner Susan 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.”

Beals said that the names would be removed from the rolls and that she did not realize the magnitude of the problem. “I knew that there was something there, but I didn’t know that it was this big,” Beals said, according to local outlet WTOP.

The elections department said that it had obtained death records from the Virginia Department of Health, dating back to 1960, to check the system. “As a result of these findings and process improvements, citizens can expect to see a significant number of names removed from Virginia’s voter rolls,” a press release from the department said.

The dead voters were discovered as the state works to update its system, including giving local registrars more jurisdiction to take dead people off. The streamlined process will allow an obituary or family member’s notification to be used to take a voter out of the system, a process that required an official death certificate in the past.

“We have made it easier to identify and remove deceased voters more quickly,” Beals said. “This is actually something that registrars have requested.”

The state elections department also said that it would be working to clean up the process for residents who live in areas of Virginia that border other states like West Virginia and Tennessee or Washington, D.C.

“Through a national database, general registrars may now verify if the death of a registered voter occurred outside of the Commonwealth. In the past, general registrars experienced difficulties confirming the death of Virginia voters who died in out-of-state hospitals or facilities,” the department explained.

Beals was appointed by Governor Glenn Youngkin (R-VA) in March 2022 to head up the department. She had previously worked for several Virginia Republicans and served on the Chesterfield Electoral Board.

“I am committed to promoting and supporting secure, accurate, open, and fair elections in the Commonwealth of Virginia,” Beals said in a statement at the time. “I will strive to meet the goals of the department’s strategic plan which seeks to increase voter confidence in the election process and strengthen the security of the Commonwealth’s elections.”

READ 32 COMMENTS
  • Dday says:

    No one with common sense is surprised by any of this. We all knew Donald Trump won in a landslide in November of 2020. There is overwhelming evidence of his Landslide victory, but our corrupt judicial system refused to hear any of the cases. We also know, that the Democrats will try to pull this crap again in 2024. Hopefully there will be prison sentences in store for the ones that try it! Donald Trump will win in a landslide once again, but this time, he will actually get to serve his third win, in the White House.

  • Free Willie says:

    And our Marxist government still thinks that everything was on the up and up in our last 2 elections. Of course the 2016 election was disrupted by the Russians who appointed an illegitimate president said damn near all dumbokkkrats. Yet here we are fckd up as a football bat with spanky and the gang running this shit show of a so called administration. God help us the end is near!

  • Sue s says:

    This was by design so democrats would win. They will do anything for power.

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