Dead man voting? Arizona ballot goes to man who's been dead for 6 years

Can a dead person's vote really be counted?

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - William Preiss has been a registered voter since 1972, but hasn't voted for at least the last six years. He got a ballot this year too, but won't be voting in the November election.

William Preiss has been dead since 2010.

His son, Tim, rents his dad's old house out. The current tenants got a ballot addressed to William Preiss on Wednesday. Tim said he hasn't seen ballots addressed to his dad for any other election. 

Still, Tim said he's not worried about voter fraud, election rigging, or any of the other conspiracy theories in this election. He just wants to make sure no one's voting for his dad. 

"What I saw on the news last night is that they check all the signatures," Tim said. "Do they?"

The Arizona Secretary of State's Office said, yes, every signature on a ballot is compared against the one that's on file when you register to vote.

"Even if your signature changes over time," Secretary of State Michele Reagan said, "a county official will call you."

Reagan also said her office gets monthly lists of people who have died so that their names can be removed from the voter rolls.

According to the Maricopa County Recorder's Office, William Preiss's name seems to have just slipped through the cracks, as sometimes happens.

The recorder's office said if you have concerns a deceased loved one's name is still on the voter rolls, bring a copy of the death certificate to the office and they can remove it.

Copyright 2016 KPNX


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