The Dead Vote

As Tuesday approaches, many of us in Florida are contemplating a very serious question: how many dead people are going to vote this week? Yes, I said “dead people.” Over the past several decades, Florida has been forced to embrace a new tradition of allowing dead people to vote in the general election. There are counties that boast 186% voter turnout (I’m not kidding at all)! Sadly, the dead in Florida tend to vote straight ticket – all for the same party (usual not the same party they voted for when alive, by the way).

Lawyers have argued that it’s a civil rights issue to attempt to remove the dead from the eligible voter roles in the state (think about that one for a minute). But no one ever talks about exactly HOW the dead cast their vote (especially those who have been dead for decades). Visions of horror movies fill my mind as I contemplate their election day participation. Wouldn’t you love to be a poll watcher at a cemetery? How would the press conduct its exit interviews?
The Dead Vote has been known to have a profound impact on Florida elections lately. I don’t know how up-to-date the dead are with the candidates and issues surrounding this coming election, but I sincerely hope that they vote responsibly like any other good, informed voter.

Good luck, candidates! May the dead be with you!
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About wbspeirjr

Author of "Muzzle-Loading Artillery for Reenactors," the 7-book "Knights of the Saltier Series," four historical novels ("King's Ransom," "The Saga of Asbjorn Thorleikson," "Nicaea - The Rise of the Imperial Church," "Arthur, King"), the sci fi novel "The Olympium of Bacchus 12," and the fantasy novel "The Kingstone of Airmid."
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