A new voter registration drive may help Democrats lock down a couple unusual minority voting blocs this year: Dead people and pets.
Every election Republicans complain about diabolical voter fraud, which is almost as rare as the chupacabra, and Democrats complain that GOP efforts to make voters provide documentation discourages participation, disproportionately among minorities (which is true). But it this year Republicans have something real—if small—to groan about.
AP reports that Voter Participation Center, a Democratic-leaning non-profit that aims to increase voter inclusivity, is overstepping its bounds and sending voter registration forms not only to likely voters but also to their dead relatives and pets. And in some cases, their dead pets.
Rosie Charlston received a voter registration form in June with her name and Seattle address already filled out. As AP notes, Rosie was a black lab who died in 1998.
A Virginia man received a pre-populated voter registration form for his dog Mozart, “while a woman in the state got forms for her cat, Scampers.”
Voter Participation Center says it gets its voter data from “commercially collected information” so that some inaccuracies are inevitable and that voters will simply throw away registration forms made out to their pets or dead loved ones. But states pushing for stricter documentation at voting stations claim the registration forms could lead to fraudulent enrollment and double votes.
The group says despite a small subset of inaccurate registrations it does “increase participation among minorities, unmarried women and people under the age of 30.”
My question: what kind of “commercially collected information” contains a pet’s address? Where’s this group getting their information from, Petco?