Richmond VA – Can you register to vote after you die? The logical answer would be no, however in Virginia this very thing is happening. In fact, so far there are 19 people who are deceased that were recently re-registered to vote. The FBI and local police are investigating how such a thing could happen.
The registrations came into question when a clerk was double checking entries and noticed one name on the list. He had died in 2014 and the only reason she knew this was because his son is a well-known local judge and she remembered his dad passing.
According to the Harrisonburg registrar’s office, it appears all the registration forms had been submitted by a private group that was registering students on the campus of James Madison University. As this is an ongoing investigation, this group has not been identified and no charges have been filed.
Is this considered voter fraud? Members of the House have differing opinions on that. According to the House Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford), “This is proof that voter fraud not only exists but is ongoing and is a threat to the integrity of our elections.”
While House Minority Leader David J. Toscano (D- Charlottesville) said: “this case was not proof of voter fraud because no one had actually managed to cast a vote in the names of the dead.”
This will no doubt once again raise some questions and could possibly impact the voter registration laws. As for the question if this is really voter fraud? I will let you decide.