According to a Wisconsin Reporter investigation released today, nearly 1,000 deceased individuals remain on the Statewide Voter Registration System. In an extensive review, Wisconsin Reporter's discovery questions the election integrity of the state as Wisconsin deals with election recalls and other dramatic political events.
An excerpt of the article is below and you can read more at Wisconsin Reporter or Watchdog.org. As always, Wisconsin Reporter operates a "steal our stuff" model, so do not hesitate to use the article for your publication, just cite Wisconsin Reporter.
The dead remain on Wisconsin voter list
By M.D. Kittle Wisconsin Reporter
MADISON — Robert H. Allen died nearly four years ago at the age of 81.
But the deceased Sun Prairie man appears to be living on — at least on Wisconsin’s statewide voting list.
Allen is among nearly 1,000 other probable deceased individuals who remain on the Statewide Voter Registration System, or SVRS, according to a Wisconsin Reporter investigation.
While the dead account for a fraction of the total 3.2 million voters on the list and the Badger State boasts one of the cleaner registration systems in the nation, election observers say unauthorized voters of any kind in any number present potential election integrity concerns.
Amid Wisconsin’s red-hot summer of state recall elections, fears of voter fraud and suspicions that one group or another could “steal an election” are more pronounced.
The broader concern, government watchdogs assert, is the question of transparency and arguably the high cost of accessing Wisconsin's voter list. The complete voter file costs thousands of dollars, pricing out the average citizen and many watchdog organizations. And the state’s strict privacy laws limit full and complete disclosure, making it difficult to definitively count the dead, for instance, on the voting list.
Wisconsin Reporter purchased the entire voting list for $12,500 — the top price charged by the Government Accountability Board, or GAB, for the complete database — and broke down the data as a public service to the voters of Wisconsin.
Read More at Wisconsin Reporter