Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Welcome to ConnDEADicut!

People often leave their newspapers on the train. I've been reading the NY Post on some of my rides to NYC, and I think their hackiness is catching. I really wanted to use that awful title for this article. Plus, it gave me a chance to do this cheesy Photoshop.

Which reminds me of a basic rule of Photoshopping:

Zombies are ALWAYS fun!

And this extrapolation on the rule:

VOTING zombies are fun AND ironic!

But the reality is, this is a serious story. From today's Connecticut Post:
Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz on Monday asked the State Elections Enforcement Commission to investigate the issue, which she called a "breakdown of communications" between town clerks who are mandated to provide monthly lists of the deceased and local registrars of voters who are required to remove the names from the state's centralized data base.
Still, over 300 dead people have voted in elections in Connecticut. One dead guy voted an astounding 19 times since 1992!

While on the surface it appears he deserves a citizenship award for "Persistence from beyond the grave", my guess is that he was an unwitting accomplice in a case of mistaken identity or a simple clerical error. The good news is that this seems to be a fairly isolated occurrence, rather than an attempt to perpetrate a fraud.

But really, wouldn't it have been more appropriate for this story to have clawed it's way to the surface around Halloween?


Jonathan Kantrowitz said...

That's an awful lot in Brooklyn! About half the town I would guess.

CT Bob said...

Yes, the curse of the undead is rampant in the 2nd district! LOL

Anonymous said...

What is the party affiliation breakdown ?

CT Bob said...

Good question. Probably the UConn students who did the study have the breakdown, but it wasn't listed in any of the articles I've seen.

I'm guessing we'll see more dead unaffiliated voters than dead Dems or dead GOPers. Based solely on the fact that there are more unaffiliated voters, dead or alive.

fuzzyturtle said...

I thought that guy behind me waiting to vote smelled a little ripe...

CT Bob said...

It was probably just a Neocon. They all smell that way.