States need to check registration list for dead voters

I believe in our democracy and I believe every eligible voter should have the right to vote and every eligible vote should be counted. We are living in a time when everyone needs to participate in one of our greatest rights, opportunities and responsibilities: getting to choose who we want to represent us in our communities, our state and, most importantly, our federal government.

I recently found out that my son, who passed away 11 years ago, was still on the voter registration list in the state of Kentucky. I notified my county attorney and my county clerk, and they assured me they would see to it that his name would be removed from the list.

My concern is how many deceased people are still on that list — not only in Kentucky, but in every state. I know mistakes can be made and things can be overlooked, but 11 years is a long time to correct a mistake or oversight.

In talking to other people about this, I found out some of them had received correspondence from the Kentucky Board of Elections to their children who had moved out of state. It is not out of the realm of possibility that some votes are cast in the name of people who should not be on that list.

Do our state agencies not communicate with each other? When our son died, we received a death certificate from the Kentucky Office of Vital Statistics. How much trouble would it have been for them to send a copy to the Kentucky Department of Elections so his name could have been purged from the registered voters list? They do it with Social Security recipients. When my father died, they stopped his Social Security check immediately.

This year, any registered voter could vote in the primaries by absentee (mail-in) ballot, due to the coronavirus, which they said would make this a safer election. I question whether mail-in voting is safer. I do not believe that anyone in Kentucky is not exposed every day to someone who has been out in public. Walmart is full of people, Lowe’s and Home Depot are full of people, grocery stores are full of people, and add to that all the people who are protesting and rioting. All of these people go home at some point and expose those who are staying at home.

With today’s technology, we hear of identity theft, people losing their savings to hackers, telephone scammers — the list goes on and on. Are we dumb or naïve enough to think our voting lists can’t be compromised? We need to remove as many possibilities as we can to prevent illegal voting. Every state should clean up its voter registration lists. How many dead people are still registered to vote?

Steve Morton

Eddyville