• Richard Easson

A World Where Dogs and Cats Can Vote

Updated: Jul 22, 2020

Ron and Carol Tims of Atlanta, Georgia, were shocked to find a voter registration form in their mailbox addressed to "Cody Tims." It's not the name of someone currently living in their household, but their cat that passed away 12 years ago. This has them wondering what other pets are having voter registration forms sent to them.

Carol said “There’s a huge push but if they’re trying to register cats, I’m not sure who else they’re trying to register. I’m not sure if they’re trying to register dogs, mice, snakes.”

The Georgia Secretary of State's Office denied any responsibility for forms being made out to household pets, but blamed outside political forces in third-party groups targeting Georgia and other states.

Carol stated that if Cody were still alive today, though, he would vote Democrat.

Doesn't sound odd at all, right? This isn't the first time this has happened. These strange mix-ups have been taking place more frequently over the past several years.

During the 2018 midterm elections, MaryAnn Lucero of Denver was surprised to find a letter and voter registration form made out to her late Boston Terrier, Moco, who passed away in 2000.

The letter to Moco, sent by a non-partisan, non-governmental group called Voter Participation Group, read “Dear, Moco Lucero, according to our review of publicly available records, you reside in Denver County and do not appear to be registered to vote. If you have already registered to vote at this address, or are ineligible to vote, please disregard this notice, otherwise, please fill out the enclosed form and send it in the pre-addressed, postage-paid envelope."

MaryAnn decided not to fill out the form, although saying she wished she could.

The Communication Director of Voter Participation Group, Kevin McAlister, issued a statement that noted “Because no state makes available a list of individuals who are unregistered, like they do of individuals who are registered, it’s up to VPC to use commercially available databases to reach prospective voters. We’re always improving our process and developing the best technology available to determine who is unregistered and have removed Moco from our mailing list. May he rest in peace."

This isn't the first time the registration group has sent forms to pets and non-citizens. In 2012 a deceased dog in Virginia received a form. The group said that it received the dog's name, because the owner used it for a magazine subscription.

In a time when pets are receiving voter registration forms and illegal immigrants are able to receive driver's licenses in some states, there's no telling how far voter fraud will go and how it will skew elections in the future.

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