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Fri Sep 14, 2012, 03:28 PM

Texas asks voters: 'Are you dead?'

Source: Toronto Sun

Before Texans head for the polls in November, the state wants to know one thing: Are you dead?

Election officials are sending letters to thousands of voters asking them to verify they are alive, in compliance with a 2011 law requiring officials to cross-reference the voter list with the social security death list, the Austin Statesman reported Thursday.

So-called notices of examination are going out to 77,000 of the state's approximately 13 million registered voters.

Because of the size of the "master death file" with 89 million entries the Social Security Administration "does not guarantee its accuracy," the newspaper said, as one Michael Moore, very much alive, found out when he received a notice.

Voters who are still alive have 30 days to return the form or call their county and confirm they are breathing.


Read more: http://www.torontosun.com/2012/09/14/texas-asks-voters-are-you-dead

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Reply Texas asks voters: 'Are you dead?' (Original post)
trailmonkee Sep 2012 OP
lexx21 Sep 2012 #1
Mnpaul Sep 2012 #2
oldsarge54 Sep 2012 #3
hamsterjill Sep 2012 #4
EC Sep 2012 #7
Marie Marie Sep 2012 #5
slackmaster Sep 2012 #6
Ezlivin Sep 2012 #8
4th law of robotics Sep 2012 #9
Waltons_Mtn Sep 2012 #10
Ilsa Sep 2012 #11
HubertHeaver Sep 2012 #12
RoccoR5955 Sep 2012 #13
RoccoR5955 Sep 2012 #14
tanyev Sep 2012 #15
AnneD Sep 2012 #16
sakabatou Sep 2012 #17
Auntie Bush Sep 2012 #18

Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Fri Sep 14, 2012, 03:32 PM

1. I'm only temporarily dead...

but it's just for tax purposes

- Restaurant at the end of the universe

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Fri Sep 14, 2012, 03:35 PM

2. Sounds like voter caging to me

It would probably be challenged in court in any other state.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Fri Sep 14, 2012, 03:35 PM

3. ? What

What will they do if someone answers affirmative? The reason I ask is because for some reason the VA thought I was dead. It took some serious fussing and cussing to convince them otherwise.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Fri Sep 14, 2012, 03:38 PM

4. So, let me get this straight...

And, of by the way, I am a Texan.

But if I get a form asking if I'm alive, I can either fill out the form and return it, or call the county and confirm it?

Am I the only one that could imagine that if someone really were trying to pull off voter fraud ANY WAY, someone could falsely complete and return the form and/or call the county pretending to be the voter in question?

Where is the verification of the voter in all of this??? I must not be getting this...

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Response to hamsterjill (Reply #4)

Fri Sep 14, 2012, 03:45 PM

7. What they are hoping is

that people just throw the notices away thinking they are junk mail or a joke. They are then automatically taken off the roles.

But yeah, the whole thing is stupid in their reasoning.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Fri Sep 14, 2012, 03:39 PM

5. Why yes, yes I am.

So why are you bothering me? Can't you see that I am trying to Rest In Peace? Geeesh!

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Fri Sep 14, 2012, 03:39 PM

6. You know some smartasses will answer Yes.

 

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Fri Sep 14, 2012, 03:48 PM

8. We only vote like we're brain dead

At least that's how it seems to me after living here for over 20 years. Ann Richards was the last good governor we've had.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Fri Sep 14, 2012, 03:52 PM

9. Not currently. Although I suspect that condition may change in the future

 

I will report in the moment it does.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Fri Sep 14, 2012, 04:02 PM

10. I hope I get one.

I will send it back saying "Alive and well and voting for Obama!"

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Fri Sep 14, 2012, 04:09 PM

11. Well, the Republican voters are only brain dead. nt

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Fri Sep 14, 2012, 04:10 PM

12. My step-son is dead. Has been for a few years.

They keep sending him a new voter card. We return it marked "deceased". The next year, he gets another one.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Fri Sep 14, 2012, 04:14 PM

13. What a waste of taxpayer money! n/t

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Fri Sep 14, 2012, 04:17 PM

14. If they are willing to take phone call proof.

What's to stop people from calling and saying that someone that they don't want to vote is dead.

Perhaps someone should get out the Texass RapeubliCON voter rolls, and make a few phone calls to the office where they are compiling the "master death file."

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Fri Sep 14, 2012, 04:57 PM

15. If I were dead, I wouldn't be giving you this one-finger salute.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Fri Sep 14, 2012, 06:38 PM

16. With some of the GOP down here....

it is hard to tell the difference. My school is a polling place. I know from whence I speak.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Fri Sep 14, 2012, 10:11 PM

17. "Are you dead?"

"Why yes, I'm a zombie."

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Fri Sep 14, 2012, 10:36 PM

18. FOOLS! That's going to cost the the taxpayers a pretty penny...think millions!

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