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voting lists were swollen with 400,000 extra people who were either dead or living abroad.
In Chicago, no doubt, where there is a long tradition of active voting from graveyards, although many other cities could contest for pride of place here.

In the southern US it was long a tradition to vote for recently departed relatives.  This was facilitated by the custom of allowing the head of the household to cast votes for family members who were registered but could make it to the polls--adult children still living at home and the elderly, in particular.  A sort of extended, informal absentee ballot.   After all, the reasoning went, we know how (s)he would have voted. An aunt who was born in 1903 in rural Oklahoma told me of her father coming home and telling her: "I voted today, and I voted for you too."  She responded: "How did I vote?" "Democrat" he said.  "Of course" she said.  This was during the '20s

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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Apr 22nd, 2009 at 12:48:09 AM EST
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