posted on Oct, 31 2004 @ 01:53 PM
Ballots from people who vote early and die before Election Day will be counted as valid because awkward laws make it difficult to weed them out.
With millions of people within thirty states taking advantage of new 'Early voting' procedures many ballots will still be counted even though the
voter has since died.
Death has no political allegiance. But the thousands of lawyers from both parties who will be descending on battleground states Tuesday looking for
reasons to pick up a few votes could find the phenomenon of dead voters more than just an Election Day curiosity.
In Florida alone, more than 1.8 million people, many of them elderly and sick retirees, have cast absentee ballots or voted early in person in the
past two weeks.
How many of those voters won't be alive on Election Day? Considering that an average of 455 voting-age people die in Florida every day, and that the
2000 presidential election was decided by a mere 537 votes, dead votes that slip through the cracks could become a meaningful bloc.
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Apparently this is a direct result of laws passed to avoid similar problems to those experienced during the year 2000 elections.
Unlike the traditional postal votes that are stored in envelopes to be counted on Election Day (or removed if the person dies prior to that day), the
new early voting is done on machines for which there is no 'paper trail'. Hence it is impossible to track and remove the votes of those no longer in
the land of the living.
It looks like the US is about to witness yet another election debacle similar to that of 2000.
[edit on 31-10-2004 by Banshee]