Dead Men Voting…The Chicago Story
What do you get when you cross the band Chicago with The Grateful Dead? Democratic voters. Republicans thought they had it covered by placing garlic and crosses on every grave, but democrats sued and an activist liberal judge ruled that it was voter suppression. Chicago claims that it has purged the rolls of the dead over the last few years but evidence points to the fact they didn’t get the dead off the rolls.
Susie Sallee was buried in 1998. Yet records show she voted in Chicago 12 years later.
Victor Crosswell died in 1994, but records show he’s voted six times since then.
And then there’s Floyd Stevens. Records show he’s voted 11 times since his death in 1993.
Floyd Stevens’ daughter was upset when she found out someone was voting in her father’s name.
“It’s crazy. I don’t see how people can be able to do something like that and get away with it.”
All told at least 119 dead people have voted 229 times over the last 10 years. From CBS Chicago:
Informed of the findings, Don Rose, a political consultant, says: “Some of these could be accidental or just some individual who says, ‘I really like such and such a candidate so I’m going to take advantage of this — vote until they stop me.’”
Allen says about 60,000 dead voters have been purged from the rolls over the last decade — but 2 Investigators found numerous examples of that not happening.
Earl Smith says he reported the 1997 death of his father, also named Earl Smith. But records indicate his father has voted twice after he died.
Allen says the board identifies and removes most dead voters.
“Any time you can clean up the rolls it helps reduce and eliminate the prospect of any kind of mistake or fraud,” Allen says.
Robert Sallee says he tried to do that by reporting his mother’s death multiple times.
“They’re just not taking her off the rolls,” he says.