Removing Deceased People from Voter Rolls

Do you know how to remove deceased people from the voter rolls? What happens to your voter registration when you die? Will someone get a copy of your ballot in the next election and vote to oppose your beliefs? These were a few of the questions concerned citizens in Quail Creek had and set out to get answered.

In Pima County, Ariz., a notice of your obituary will eventually reach the Pima County Recorder’s office after going through several state offices. Then it must be processed and double-checked for accuracy before your name is removed. The Recorder’s office will also mail at designated times to see if the voter still exists. The third situation that can get a name removed from the voter rolls is, if you miss voting in the last two elections, your name will be removed. The amount of time that transpires for these various processes can vary. Finally, if there is an election before your name is removed, your ballot will be mailed out if you have signed up for mail-in ballots. This is an opportunity for voter fraud, as another individual can access your ballot. So, how can you prevent someone from voting in your place after you die or a loved one dies?

Concerned residents of Quail Creek made a flyer/handout, which was checked for correctness by the Pima County Recorder’s office, outlining the steps to remove deceased people from voter rolls in Pima county, Ariz. You can download a copy of the flyer/handout on either of these websites:

* Quail Creek Republican Club:

* Democratic Club of Quail Creek:

So, here are a couple of specific actions you can take to make sure no one votes in your name while you are alive and once you have passed on:

1) Include the flyer/handout or instructions in your will or trust to remove your name from the voter roll.

2) Pass this information on to family, friends, and neighbors.

3) Remove your name from early voting mail-in ballots so that a ballot is never sent to your home.

4) If you get an early voting mail-in ballot, complete and turn in your ballot on the first day these ballots can be collected. Then go directly to an official ballot collection site where you can see your ballot dropped into a locked bin. In Pima County, these bins will now be escorted to the Recorder’s office each evening.