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WEB EXCLUSIVE: Millions of dead voters still registered to vote in elections

MADISON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - A report by the Pew Center on the States finds 1.8 million dead people are currently still on voter registration rolls.

Election officials in Madison County know the trouble a dead voter can cause. Election Board Chair Lynda Hairston says it's rare but it does happen occasionally.

Her office staff scours the obituaries and a list that comes in every week aptly named the "death list" from the state so workers can go in the system and update the registry.

"We try not to vote any dead people and we try not to vote anyone who is not qualified to vote. We are very cautious of that and try to do the right thing about it," said Hairston.

Errors occur when someone who is an Alabama resident dies in another state; sometimes that information doesn't reach election officials fast enough.

Wendell Kestle said when he lost his wife, he knew for legal reasons; clearing up even her voter's registration was important.

Another big problem is people who move and don't notify the registrar's office. It can leave the option open for dishonest people to commit voter fraud.

Hairston makes sure they check every source so no one can question fair elections in the county.

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