Dead Dog Gets Voter Registration Form

In Chicago, they say that the dead vote. Well that’s nothing, because in Bedford County, Virginia they encourage dead dogs to vote:

BEDFORD COUNTY, VA — When Tim Morris got his mail last week he found a pretty big surprise, a document asking his dog Mozart to register to vote.

Not only is Mozart a dog but he’s been dead for two years.

“I opened it up and looked at it and I just laughed,” Morris said. “I thought it was a joke at first and it turns out it’s real.”

The form is addressed to Mo, the family’s nickname for the dog.

What amazed Morris is that if Mozart was human he would have been eligible to vote for the first time in 2012.

“He would have been 19 years old this year and he passed away two years ago,” he said. “I still have no earthly idea how they got his information.”

10 On Your Side looked deeper and found that the voter registration forms were sent by the non-profit Voter Participation Center, not the State Board of Elections.

So we contacted the Voter Participation Center and found that they purchase mailing lists from vendors and while they do try and check every name the organization admits that some do fall through the cracks.

Gee, do you think?

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Comments

  1. PJ says:

    Dead dog gets voter registration form? Big deal.
    1. Was the dead dog able to register?
    2. Was the dead dog able to vote?




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  2. G.A. says:

    You should see what’s going on in me hometown, Racine WI.




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  3. Neil Hudelson says:

    @G.A.:

    I’ve noticed a trend where you like to say “You should see [what I’ve seen] [what I’ve ‘read’] [what I’ve ‘studied’].: Yet you never actually say what it is.

    Please, enlighten us.




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  4. bk says:

    In a perfect world, people (including bloggers) would be able to differentiate between, say, a “Donald Duck” being on a voter registration roll and a “Donald Duck” actually being allowed to vote.




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  5. Nathan says:

    I guess, I’m still not really sure why this is a story.




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  6. G.A. says:

    I’ve noticed a trend where you like to say “You should see [what I’ve seen] [what I’ve ‘read’] [what I’ve ‘studied’].: Yet you never actually say what it is.

    I give clues, and when I do say anything I am hated. Even when I am joking….

    Massive voter fraud… you happy?

    http://mountpleasant.patch.com/articles/van-wanggaard-seeks-recount-in-21st-district-senate-race




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  7. G.A. says:

    1. Was the dead dog able to register?
    2. Was the dead dog able to vote?

    lol…was she? Thats a leader of the Walker reacall movment…yes, its the full interview…:)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=yJwIAlx5R0s#!




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  8. G.A. says:
  9. Rick Almeida says:

    @G.A.:

    I read your linked article, and “massive voter fraud” looks like a gross mischaracterization of Van Wanggaard’s allegations, which are:

    • Numerous challenges by election observers hadn’t been documented or
    acknowledged.

    • Individuals providing assistance to voters were not properly documented.

    • Individuals were allowed to register to vote and vote with improper proof of
    residence and/or identification.

    • Individuals were electioneering in polling locations.

    • Individuals voted in more than one location.

    • Individuals were given incentives to vote.

    These are, of course, serious allegations, but your “massive voter fraud” is typical and complete hyperbole.




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  10. G.A. says:

    These are, of course, serious allegations, but your “massive voter fraud” is typical and complete hyperbole.

    Ok. Craploads of voter fraud?




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  11. Dustin says:

    I realize that all Republicans in Wisconsin have seemed to adopt the stance that there is massive voter fraud in every Wisconsin election, but allegations are not proof of massive voter fraud.

    Also, since when is that lady in the MacIver Institute video the “leader” of the recall? Ridiculous statement with no basis, but I repeat myself.




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  12. G.A. says:

    I realize that all Republicans in Wisconsin have seemed to adopt the stance that there is massive voter fraud in every Wisconsin election, but allegations are not proof of massive voter fraud.

    Ya we are just paranoi mang…

    Also, since when is that lady in the MacIver Institute video the “leader” of the recall? Ridiculous statement with no basis, but I repeat myself.

    No you misread what I said…..

    Thats a leader of the Walker reacall movment




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  13. Rick Almeida says:

    @G.A.:

    Which of his allegations constitute fraud?




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