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Fraudulent use of deceased names in elections under NJ judicial review

[JURIST] New Jersey Superior Court Judge Linda R. Feinberg has ordered the state to compile and distribute by Monday a list of all adult deaths of New Jersey [JURIST news archive] residents since 1985 because 13,000 people who have died are still listed on voter registration lists [NJ Division of Elections official website], including nearly 5,000 who reportedly voted last year. Joseph Komosinki, the registrar of vital statistics [official website] since 2003, did not know it was his responsibility to provide counties with an annual list of adult residents who have died so that counties may remove the deceased from voter registration lists. Feinberg has ordered the lists to be distributed to all 21 New Jersey counties and to both major political parties and ordered election workers to check the names of those who cast absentee and provisional ballots against the names of deceased residents. Republican complainants prompted an investgation when they noticed 13,000 deceased people on the voter registration lists. AP has more.

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