1.8 Million Dead People Registered to Vote

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

Here's a good strategy that no presidential candidate has tried -- go for the dead vote. Dead people could swing the election because nearly two million of them are still registered.

The New York Daily News reports that according to a Pew Research Center report, 1.8 million people who are deceased are still on the voter rolls. In addition to being embarrassing, this is also expensive -- Pew said the state of Oregon, for example, spends $4.11 per registered voter.

In addition to the dead folks, 2.75 million people are registered in more than one state.

"The way the current system is set up doesn't respond to the mobility of our society,” John Lindback, Senior Officer for Election Initiatives at the Pew Center on the States, told the newspaper.

Pew said the voter registration system needs to be digitized so it can keep up with people's movements and deaths.

The report said nearly a quarter of people in the nation who could vote are not registered. Online registration would remedy that, as well as cutting down on the errors, Pew concluded.