LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is demanding answers a day after a CBS2 investigation uncovered deceased voters somehow casting ballots from the grave year after year.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich introduced a motion at the Board of Supervisors meeting to start an investigation into the news station’s findings and put the Registrar on notice:
“The Registrar-Recorder has to do a better job to insure the integrity of the voter system is secure,” he told David Goldstein, investigative reporter for CBS2/KCAL9.
Supervisor Sheila Kuehl voted in favor but defended the Registrar who claims to be removing “1,200 to 2,000 deceased records from the database per month.”
“There’s really no way to connect a person whose death is recorded with a person who is registered to vote unless we get some kind of notification from the family,” Kuehl told Goldstein.
“But we did that though. We were able to do it,” Goldstein said. “We were able to confirm that there’s 215 dead voters in L.A. County.”
The news station did so by comparing voting records from the Secretary of State’s office with Social Security death records.
The investigation has been making headlines on Twitter all day long. In this year’s presidential election, voter fraud has become a hot topic.
“There have been voter irregularities in many states,” said Mark Vafiades, the chairman of the Los Angeles County Republican Party, who added that what CBS2 uncovered exposes the problem.
“Donald Trump is very concerned that this may be a very close election, and he’s trying to shed light on this not only nationwide, but as you did here in California, shed light on the fact that there are a lot of voter irregularities that may be going on,” Vafiades said.
The news station found potentially 265 voters who are deceased and records show they’re still casting votes.
CBS2 reached out to the California Democratic Party, but they declined to comment.
The Registrar has 30 days to report back to the Board of Supervisors looking into the findings.