Votes from Beyond the Grave
Justice Department slumbers as dead voters head to the polls.


Deroy Murdock

What is the quietest spot in Washington, D.C.? The Rose Garden? The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier? Actually, it’s the Justice Department’s Voting Section.

The unit that allegedly fights disenfranchisement lately has been caught dozing while at least nine states deliver absentee ballots too slowly to overseas GIs. Military votes thus may go uncounted in November.

In yet another outrage, the Voting Section is static while the rolls of at least 16 states evidently list ineligible voters, including non-residents, disqualified felons, and — yes — dead people. Justice’s response? “ZZZZZZzzzzzz……”

Even worse, the Big Sleep at Justice seems totally deliberate.

As former Voting Section prosecutor J. Christian Adams testified under oath July 6 before the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, he attended a November 2009 meeting at which deputy assistant attorney general Julie Fernandes discussed the federal law that requires local officials to purge illegitimate names from their voter rolls. Adams swore that Fernandes told Voting Section prosecutors, “We have no interest in enforcing this provision of the law. It has nothing to do with increasing turnout, and we are just not going to do it.”

As Adams later wrote in an August 4 article:

Upon hearing this lawless announcement, seasoned Voting Section veterans and managers had a look on their faces as if someone announced without shame they were planning to steal box loads of office supplies. I was there to hear the corrupt announcement firsthand. I saw the reactions.

So far, the Voting Section is living down to Fernandes’s low expectations. If not willful disregard for federal statutes, only powerful sedatives could explain how federal prosecutors could rest comfortably through these simmering examples of voter-roll adulteration.

• The U.S. Election Assistance Commission reports that Arkansas, Colorado, Maryland, Massachusetts, Oregon, and Tennessee expunged precisely zero dead voters from their rolls between 2006 and 2008. The same applies to numerous counties in Alabama, Rhode Island, and Virginia. Either these places are experiencing an explosion in immortality, or they are violating federal law.

• Several Iowa and North Carolina counties have more registered voters than live, voting-age adults. This condition plagues at least a dozen counties each in Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, South Dakota, and Texas. Registered voters equal 104 percent of Baltimore County, Maryland’s voting-adult population; and, according to documents that Adams filed, the figure is 113 percent in Lincoln County, West Virginia. Alaska’s and Michigan’s statewide figures are 102 percent.