The State Board of Elections has identified 10,000 dead individuals on the Virginia voter rolls. The voters were identified through a data comparison between the Social Security Administration’s death master file and the current list of registered voters in Virginia. Local registrars will now begin removing the names from the rolls, but the finding is likely the tip of the iceberg. Only 15 million of the 60 million records in the death master file have been matched against the state’s voter list thus far.
… The finding comes on the heels of confusion over voter registration mailings from the Washington-based Voter Participation Center, which drew hundreds of complaints when many forms arrived that were addressed to deceased relatives, children and family pets. The State Board of Elections decided this week not to take action on a request from GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign to seek a criminal investigation into the matter. Page Gardner, president of the Voter Participation Center, said the state board’s finding about the rolls “highlights a national problem” that makes it “difficult fo