Just before the midterms, a whistleblower volunteering her time at the polls recognized a name she had not seen in more than 14 years! There is a good reason she hasn’t seen this particular name in over a decade- the person has been deceased all this time but somehow managed to end up on the approved voter’s list?
Isn’t it interesting how stories like these never made it through the mainstream media?
A volunteer poll worker in Ohio noticed something interesting on a signature poll book: her deceased neighbor appeared on the active voter list. The kicker? Her neighbor died 14 years ago, according to Town Hall.
The worker, Linda Zgoda, has volunteered at various polling places in Hamilton County for the last 20 years.
“I feel like I have to have honest elections, you have to have good officials,” Zgoda told WEWS-TV. “I feel like it’s a civic responsibility for people to work at the polls.”
She pays close attention to details.
“It was initially when we had the signature poll book that I became aware that my neighbor was still on the rolls,” she said. “Then after it had been on for so long, I became curious about it.” That’s when she began to dig.
“I’m concerned that by someone being on the rolls, someone could improperly vote in their name,” she said.
But when she brought this ‘error’ to the attention to the proper officials was the mistake corrected? No! In fact, Zgoda was practically handed scissors and told the family of her dead neighbor would have to cut through miles of red tape to get their loved one’s name removed.
She contacted the Hamilton County Board of Elections and was told a family member needed to turn in her neighbor’s death certificate to have that person removed.
“Since this has been brought to our attention, we did more research, and we’ve been able to obtain some more identifying information, and that person has now been canceled,” Hamilton County Board of Elections director Sherry Poland said.
Poland said the state and county usually do a more thorough job of removing deceased voters from the rolls, but this time was different.
“We did receive a deceased Ohioans report at that time (in 2004), and (it) included his name but didn’t include his address,” Poland said. “The report did have a date of birth, but we didn’t have a date of birth on file.”