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Nearly 2 Million Registered Voters Are Dead

Hundreds of thousands of Americans who are registered to vote will certainly not make it out to the polls this Election Day.

That’s because they’re dead.

A report released this week by the Pew Center on the States found that across the nation, 1.8 million people have remained on voter rolls despite passing away.

Researchers found that one way to improve the voter-registration system would be to go digital.

In the state of Texas, county clerks are required to send death certificates to the county elections offices so the staff can update voter registries.

“We try to keep on top of it,” said Javier Chacon, the elections administrator for El Paso County. “We check on a daily basis with the county clerk. And we get an import daily from the state of all the deceased people and we check them against our rolls everyday.”

Chacon told ABC-7 said his office keeps errors low to nonexistent.

“It’s been very rare. Not since I’ve been here working,” said Chacon. “There’s been some cases, but they’ve been isolated from this department. Other than that, I can tell you I have not dealt with one of them.”

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