Study: 1 in 8 US voter registrations have errors

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Posted: Feb 14, 2012 12:05 AM
Study: 1 in 8 US voter registrations have errors

A new report says about 24 million voter registrations in the United States contain significant errors.

The study released Tuesday by the Pew Center on the States found that about 1.8 million dead people are still on the rolls and many more are approved to vote in multiple states. About 12 million registrations contain address inaccuracies. Researchers say they don't see evidence of widespread fraud but believe outdated state systems are failing to keep pace with changes in people's lives.

In conjunction with Pew's report, eight states said they are working this year on a centralized data system to help identify people whose registrations may be out of date. Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed says he thinks it will bring more trust and confidence to the election system.