Dead Man Walking: Ohio Votes From The Grave

In Ohio’s razor thin race, Dead Voters Submit Ballots From Beyond.

Jeremy Moore, Holmes’ grandson, was stunned.

“He’s deceased. Deceased since 1993,” Moore said.

And it doesn’t appear to be a name mix-up.

Records reveal Alex Holmes Jr. — who is still alive — voted in the same election as his deceased father.

Cuyahoga County Elections Director Jane Platten said she’ll look in to it.

“Without having full detail, I have no idea why that would have happened,” Platten said.

But this isn’t the first time we’ve uncovered dead voters. Two years ago, another 5 On Your Side investigation exposed 13,000 dead voters registered in Cuyahoga County. More than two dozen of them cast ballots.

Back then, NewsChannel5 was told dead voters would be removed from the rolls.

Now, on the eve of an historic election — when every vote in Cuyahoga County is considered crucial — our NewsChannel5 investigation has once again uncovered thousands of dead voters still on the rolls, and ballots still being cast from beyond.

The exact number of dead voters is difficult to say this time because Ohio’s Secretary of State issued a directive to Boards of Elections across the state to withhold dates of births in public records requests. That information is important in positively identifying dead voters.

Identifying dead voters may be quite a task.

But the solution is quite simple for ensuring a free and fair election: How about we identify the LIVE voters who show up to the polls?

It would be difficult for a vote to be cast by deceased Alex Holmes, Sr. unless he showed up with proper identification and was required to produce it.

Perhaps Mr. Holmes is, quite literally, casting an absentee ballot.

The integrity of elections is rapidly becoming a joke. And one that is as unfunny as it is destructive.

(With another tip o’ the hat to Glenn Reynolds.)

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