Finally dead people being removed from voter rolls

(CORRECTION: This story has been updated to clarify that the state did not agree in the settlement with the number of dead voters alleged. The updated story also includes the use of the Electronic Registration Information Center.)

The Pennsylvania Department of State has agreed to take steps to remove dead voters from voting rolls in a settlement reached with an election-integrity group that alleged more than 20,000 deceased voters were on the state’s rolls.

The state agreed to compare its voter-registration database with the nonprofit Electronic Registration Information Center, which includes data from the Social Security Death Index, and to direct all county election commissioners to remove the names of dead voters.

“This marks an important victory for the integrity of elections in Pennsylvania,” said J. Christian Adams, president of the Public Interest Legal Foundation, which sued the state in October. “The Commonwealth’s failure to remove deceased registrants created a vast opportunity for voter fraud and abuse. It is important to not have dead voters active on the rolls for 5, 10, or even 20 years. This settlement fixes that.”

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