Well folks, dead voter season is upon us.
An investigative report by David Goldstein for CBS2 Los Angeles has uncovered hundreds of deceased voters in Southern California.
265 dead voters were found in Southern California -- 215 of them in Los Angeles County alone.
The figures come from state records and in many cases, the deceased cast their ballots year after year after year. The report found that 32 of the "dead voters" cast ballots in eight elections apiece. Some of these "voters" have been dead since 1988 yet voted in elections as recent as 2014!
86 were registered Republicans, but the majority of the dead were registered Democrats. The report does not indicate which way the dead voted (particularly in open primaries or general elections), but given Democrats' penchant for necromancy, we'll take a wild guess.
"He took a lot of time choosing his candidates," said Annette Givans, daughter of one of the deceased voters, John Cenkner.
Cenkner died in 2003 yet records show he cast ballots in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2010. CBS2 has more:
CBS2 compared millions of voting records from the California Secretary of State’s office with death records from the Social Security Administration and found hundreds of so-called dead voters.
“He’s a diehard Democrat, and I was thinking that if somebody was voting under his name, he’s probably rolling in his grave if they were voting Republican,” Givans said.
She said her dad always voted at the polls, only now records show someone else may be casting his vote.
“It just astounds me. I don’t understand how anybody can get away with that,” she said.
And then there’s Julita Abutin.
Records show she voted in Norwalk in 2014, 2012, 2010 and 2008 though she died in 2006.
Abutin’s daughter, Marivic, says it’s impossible that her mother voted.
But the Los Angeles County Registrar confirms they have signed vote-by-mail envelopes with her mother’s name for the 2014 and 2012 election, though she died 10 years ago.
Edward Carbajal Jr.’s father died in La Puente in 2001 but state records show a vote was cast in his father’s name in eight elections after he passed away.
It’s possible as a junior, election officials mistakenly attributed the vote to his father. There is no way to tell from CBS2’s data but he wonders why his dad is still registered.
“I mean, that should be something that everybody that’s involved with these types of things should know who’s alive and who isn’t,” he said.
Most disturbing, 212 of the dead voters are still registered and eligible to vote in next month’s presidential primary election.