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Does anyone know what happens when someone who voted early dies before election day? Does their vote get counted? I would guess it might depend on what state they lived in.

I'm actually being serious for a change, so please no jokes about they can still register, etc. A friend of mine told me her elderly great aunt who lived in FL died yesterday, and she was wondering if she had to contact anyone since they were together last week and my friend had mailed the absentee ballot on her behalf.

I told her she might want to contact the local town hall.
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There was as story on Fark about this yesterday. It appears to be an area that is not that well standardized yet.

Here's the story they linked from the Janesville Gazette.

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/D/DEAD_VOTERS?SITE=WIJAN&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT





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If they sent the ballot before death, then it should be a legal vote, as it would have as much validity as if someone voted on election day and was hit by a bus and killed on their way home from the polls. Now, if the family sends in the ballot after the person dies, that is election fraud.



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Wow. I never thought of that.

That was a pretty interesting read from that article. Personally, I think that anyone who is alive at the closing of the polls on Nov 2nd should count. Why? They are just filling out the ballot early, but it won't "count" until Nov 2nd.

I think the various government's should look into this, but I doubt anything will get done. We've had four years to fix the polling process (see: Florida, Touch Screens, & Paper Trails) and things still aren't going as smooth as the gov would like.






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Personally, I don't see anything wrong with it. I mean, really - how many times is this going to happen in a year? A mere fraction?

I mean, clearly if the family fills out the ballot and sends it in after the death, it is not in the spirit of the law, and pretty disgusting. But if the ballot was filled out prior to death, I see no reason not to count it.

I think this is something so minor it is not worth bothering with, especially considering the far bigger problems that are out there now with the voting system.

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