Happy Halloween - the Dead are Voting in Florida
Thursday, October 30, 2008 – updated: 3:41 pm EDT October 30, 2008
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. -- Thousands of dead Floridians are registered to vote and some in Central Florida had ballots cast in their names long after their deaths.
"That is scary," said Jim Branch.
Branch's mother Marjorie died in 2004 but someone voted for her in 2006. Branch had tried to get his mother removed from the voter rolls.
"It was much easier for me calling Social Security and taking her off not getting any more checks here, than it was that (voter registration)," he sid.
County records show James Santiago voted in the 2006 general election. He too, was dead. His wife, Joann, sees this as an open invitation for voter fraud.
"I think it leaves it open to sign his name, during an election, especially an important one like this year," said Joann.
Channel Nine discovered 1,636 registered voters in Central Florida are dead.
"This is what makes Supervisors of Elections lose sleep at night," said Volusia County Supervisor of Elections Ann McFall.