The motive behind SB 155 concerning deceased voters is not a bad one, but with a subject like “deceased voters,” you’re going to invite people to make fun of it. I clearly couldn’t resist. Sen. Walker’s bill provides that, if a person casts an absentee ballot and then subsequently dies (making the vote very absentee), the person’s votes are valid and should be counted, notwithstanding the death.
Wanting to honor the wishes of the dead is laudable but, in my mind, I guess the point of an election is to determine the will of the governed. When someone has passed away, they are beyond the laws of man. And, so, to me, it seems reasonable to count the votes of only the living who will be subjected to the laws and governance of the person put in office. That said, I can’t imagine that this amounts to very many votes. And, death is the ultimate non-partisan issue. So, even though I lean against the legislation, I’m not going to get any heartburn if it passes.
The bill passed out of the Senate Elections Committee and will head to the floor of the Senate.