Pew Study: 24 Million Voter Registrations Are Invalid

Our current system doesn't account for the mobility of society, says a Pew official.

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A new study released by the Pew Center indicates that 1.8 million registered voters in the U.S. have died -- yet remain in the system.

The study, which was released yesterday, also found that 24 million registered voters in the U.S., which equates to about one in eight, have serious errors and 2.75 million registered voters are registered in more than one state -- an error that can occur when an individual moves and doesn't notify the state.

"The way the current system is set up doesn't respond to the mobility of our society," John Lindback, senior officer for election initiatives at the Pew Center on the States, told the Daily News.

And the mistakes are costly for American taxpayers. In Oregon, for example, the state spent $8.8 million on voter registration, which is roughly $4.11 per active voter registered. Many have called for a move to digital registration, which works well in, for example, Canada. The country spent barely 35 cents per person nationwide. Pew also found that 51 million voters, close to 24 percent of the total population, are not eligible to cast a ballot this November, in comparison with Canada, where 93 percent of voters are cleared.

The voter-registration system in this country has always been faulty, and with the political division that exists between both parties, we don't think the day when this country moves to a digital, less-faulty system is anywhere near.

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