84-Year-Old Fall River Woman Tries To Vote, Told She’s Dead

FALL RIVER (CBS) – An 84-year-old woman went to vote in Fall River on Super Tuesday and was told she was dead.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports

Maureen McCloskey has been voting for years without any problems.

She didn’t expect anything unusual Tuesday, until she learned she wasn’t on the list of registered voters.

“The warden, she looks at me and she says ‘Oh, you died,” McCloskey told WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Wednesday.

“They put me on the ‘deceased’ list.”

Surprised, McCloskey said, “I’m still alive and kicking.”

It turned out there was some kind of mix-up with the new city census.

They figured it out, McCloskey voted and she said she plans on continuing to vote for many years to come.

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One Comment

  1. Dave_D says:

    Hmmm… An alternative headline might be “Live Woman Votes After Clearing Up Clerical Error”.

    Great story on a slow news day! Better than “Romney Wins Massachusetts in a Not So Stunning Victory”. OR “Sun Rose This Morning as Predicted”

    1. Huuf Arted says:

      Her error was voting in the wrong city. She was told she needs to vote in Chicago I suspect…

      1. mad monk says:

        Nah. In Chicago she can vote, especially if she’s dead…

      2. nobody_but_paul says:

        She woulda been better off dead. We all would. Zionist Wall Street and the central banks control the Western economies.

        I’ll be writing in Statesman Ron Paul, and will never vote again.

      3. Tom P. says:

        What’s the big deal? Dead people have been voting in Chicago for years. (Brain) dead people elected Obama. No story here!!

      4. VoterFraudStoryFraud says:

        Like this ought to create some chatter. Much of the news is made up after the coup and cover up. Unelected officials took over Washington and the media. They think you can’t handle the truth. Fact of the matter is we have no democracy, president, and freedom of press is an illusion.

        Our next election is shaping up to be as big of a sham as the last. Do you know why Sarah Palin’s bus tour was really canceled? Do you know why she stayed 30 miles away from the second debate and chose the death of Steve Jobs to announce that she’s not running? Know what leaked out? Sarah Palin and Cain aren’t in the race for the same reason, the truth leaked out. Search PalinsDirtyLittleSecret for the biggest cover up in history

    2. p3orion says:

      The problem was that she was trying to vote in a Republican primary. Once she “died” she automatically became a Democrat.

      1. Colorado_Man says:

        She must be a Republican since there is no problem with dead Democrats voting.

  2. Rob Cleary says:

    If her last name was Gomez it never would have come up.

    1. RiverOfDeceit says:

      So much of the news is made up after the coup and cover up. Unelected officials took over Washington and the media. They think you can’t handle the truth. Fact of the matter is we have no democracy, president, and freedom of press is an illusion.

      Our next election is shaping up to be as big of a sham as the last. Do you know why Sarah Palin’s bus tour was really canceled? Do you know why she stayed 30 miles away from the second debate and chose the death of Steve Jobs to announce that she’s not running? Know what leaked out? Sarah Palin and Cain aren’t in the race for the same reason, the truth leaked out. Search PalinsDirtyLittleSecret for the biggest cover up in history

  3. Maxi Bell says:

    I agree with you Dave! I’ve
    Here we have a law abiding citizen who is at the polls to fulfill her civic duty. Thank God she she is alert and well. There has to be a way where mistakes are not made and those who check the list are 100% accurate. Sure, mistakes are human errors but accuracy is pertinant.

  4. mark says:

    Reports of my demise are premature.
    — Mark Twain

    1. Vicky Bevis says:

      When I went to vote Tues., I was told I was NOT on the list as having voted. Worse yet, neither was my husband behind me. BUT WE BOTH VOTED IN NOV. I’ve been back here, retired, for almost 7 yrs. & this isn’t the 1st. Primary I’ve voted in. (luckily we had photo I.D.’s. to prove who we were & where we lived)

      Hey! Just thought of something: Maybe we are dead & just don’t KNOW it! ( and this is a RED State.)

  5. Monique G says:

    I am wondering if she was a registered Republican who they determined was deceased?

  6. kenh says:

    In blue states, the dead vote often, so I guess this is justice in that part of the world

    1. matt2717 says:

      Indeed, being dead isn’t problem. She’ll just have to change her party affiliation to Democrat.

  7. Jaxter says:

    That never would have stopped her in Chicago.

    1. Out of the Frey says:

      In Chicago she would have been registered in at least 3 wards……….

      1. Just Say No to BHO says:

        LOL – you deserve an award for that zinger!

      2. george says:

        . . . And allowed to vote twice in each of the wards.

      3. Chad says:

        And they would vote for her in any ward where she did not… and probably ones she did anyway. Ward 17 where we have 117% of the vote for Obama!

  8. Patricia says:

    Had to be one of those Bible-hugging, gun-toting Republicans!!

    1. george says:

      Yep, A bitter clinger . . . clinging to life, it seems.

      1. TheBeatGoesON says:

        Lot’s of good comments about this error. In the BIG election, there will be Holder’s New (improved!) Black Panthers to “just say NO to elderly or even dead white folks as they go forth to exercise their vote(s). Remember, the probation for obstructing in a threatening manner is up by November 2012. This lady might just be one of those “typical white women who looks over her shoulder or becomes uncomfortable when confronted by …..” oh wait, that was Barak’s white Grandmother. My bad.
        BTW: I’m pleased that you, Mrs. McCloskey, are quite alive and that you did get to cast your vote. After all, your generation has paid a high price to earn that right. We’ve had it easy…up until lately. “God Bless Us, Everyone”.

    2. JWags60 says:

      If you had watched the video, she was described as a life-long Democrat.. So that means one of two things. A) It was suggested that she vote in a Republican primary to dilute the vote (see Limbaugh’s Operation Chaos), or B) she switched parties. The reoprt states that she reads the local Fall River paper daily (did I mention this is Barney Frank’s district), so I’m guessing A. Either way, a Republican dead or alive, in Barney’s district would have been obstructed from voting.

  9. Chris H says:

    If she’s a Democrat that shouldn’t have been enough to stop her voting………one time or more.

  10. ski says:

    Obama’s hitmen have’nt gotten to her yet

  11. jaline says:

    Jeez…Dead or not, had she only been in Chicago she’d probably have been given as many ballots as she wanted.

  12. Goldfishman says:

    And then when the next Ron Paul voter walked in, they told him voting had been postponed until next week…

  13. Abilene says:

    Man bites dog. Film at 11. My mom voted democrat her whole life. She passed away a year ago, but I guarantee that she’s not done voting. My grandfather voted republican his whole life and passed away in Houston about 10 years ago. I’m sure that he’s upset about the fact that he changed parties to vote.

  14. snap says:

    If she’d just voted absentee all would have been fine –

  15. Gary Johnson says:

    Next time just tell them she’s an illegal alien and no problem…..

  16. Cyberties says:

    She should move to Chicago where dead people vote all the time!

  17. herman48 says:

    Being dead has never been a valid reason to keep someone from voting. Never heard of Chicago? Never heard of Democrats?????

  18. Tom in NY says:

    She should move to Chicago. Then she will be allowed to vote multiple times in multiple locations simultaneously.

  19. Tom in NY says:

    She should move to Chicago. Then, being dead, she can vote multiple times in multiple locations simultaneously without having to leave the comfort of her crib/crypt.

  20. abe Noxious says:

    My dad passed in 2010 and whenever I go to vote there is a card with his name on it. I always have them write “deceased” across his card. (I’m just outside the Chicago area and Obama has already won the election here without anyone bothering to vote.)

  21. Haywood says:

    she might consider moving to Chicago; the dead turn out in large numbers to vote there.

  22. Haywood says:

    (I should read the other comments first…sorry for the redundancy)

  23. Bud says:

    VOTER ID …. “Suppresses the Democrat Vote” amongst illegals voting at more than one polling station.

    – Democrats found a 90 year old nun in Ohio that had never gotten an ID for a bank account, utility bill, library card, drivers license … all the cards illegals have.

  24. Sad but true says:

    I was once thought to be dead, but I was only on a date with my wife of 26 years.

  25. McGehee says:

    In Chicago it wouldn’t have been an issue.

  26. Clark Raulerson says:

    She must be registered Independent or Republican, Democrats typically vote after they die.

  27. 1stackmack says:

    ” l thought you were dead?” “yep,l was. but l’m feeling better now.”

  28. Snailmailtrucker says:

    If you vote Republican they probably can determine that you are dead and VOID your vote.

    The Obama Way !

    Liberals/Democrats have Voter Fraud down to an Art Form !

  29. Barry Levy says:

    so am I to guess that this person was a conservative? or would that be a stereotype.

  30. ando says:

    I wonder how many people who are actually dead have a vote passed in there name by voter fraud every election.

    1. Allah_speaking says:

      We should have the Russians monitor our next election….
      24 million invalid voter registrations
      1.8 million dead on the rolls
      2.75 million registered in more than 1 state

      It’s time to clean up this country and it starts by retiring the Democratic Party.

  31. Corky Boyd says:

    To cut through all of the snark here, Ms. McChesney wasn’t denied the right to vote. Federal law requires she be given a provisional ballot. A proviisional ballot is similar to an absentee ballot, but it is not officially cast until the supervisor of elections certifies that McChesney lives in the district and is qualified to vote.

    Voter rolls are purged from the rolls when official death notices are published and that is likely what happened here. However it was likely another McChesney. You want “clean” voters lists so folks don’t vote in their old districts after they have moved. Also, unpurged lists are a tempting slush fund of voters to be used after the polls have closed to be voted by corrupt officials, a la Cook County.

  32. Airdoc says:

    The officials there really messed up! Don’t they know that dead democrats can still vote?

  33. Asaninidsay Yupper says:

    But wouldn’t that just mean she could only vote Demoncrat?

  34. ChicagObama says:

    So what?

    Give her several Democrat ballots and move on…

  35. commntr says:

    Meanwhile, back at the inner city precinct, hundreds of truly dead people’s identities are probably being used to reap social security benefits, AND VOTE. I’d bet this is how people like Barney Frank stay in office. He probably gets a vote boost from a disproportionate number of 100 year olds who never show up to vote, but somebody uses their identity to vote.

  36. Texasbil says:

    What is new about that???? Half the people who vote in Chicago are dead.

  37. Purp (@PurpAv) says:

    Republican voter roles aggressively cleansed, Democrat roles, not so much…

  38. Nico says:

    After she really dies she’ll be allowed to vote many times, as long as she votes democrat.

  39. JIM says:

    If she was in Chicago, she could have voted twice

  40. Jeremy Cuthair says:

    she’s ahead of the curve

  41. Thatotherguy says:

    What’s the problem? Dead Democrats vote all the time.

  42. 1080-Filer says:

    She must be a Republican. Only dead people vote Democratic.

  43. skyhook says:

    is rahm imanuel mayor of fall river now

  44. The Guy Against Communism says:

    As long as she’s planning on voting for Obama the Marxist, this isn’t a problem. They tell her “Please proceed to the line labeled Dead, Football Teams, Homeless, Convicted Felons, Mickey Mouse, & other frauds”

  45. blackbear1 says:

    I went to vote yesterday, and I thought the people working at the polling location were dead, or perhaps taxidermied..

  46. NVRAT says:

    If she would change her name to “Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck or Jack (the dog) she probably would not have this problem. Oh, wait a minute…or is that only for Primary voting in Democratic areas? I forget since we can`t have voter ID in most states. How does ACORN keep track of all these strange names they use?

  47. Jimmie says:

    the problem was that she voted republican and she had already voted dead democrat…can’t let her cancel her own vote out….

  48. JJ Chester says:

    If live people are being dropped from the list of registered Republicans, how many dead people are being added to the list of registered Democrats?

  49. Jimmie says:

    Sample the above comments and compare with governments claim that Americans have 100% faith in US election procedures?…

  50. Dem. Journalist says:

    Is she sure? Sometimes people die and don’t realize it. Sometimes the effects of global warming are so severe that no one can actually make a rational conclusion. Perhaps we should bring in James Hansen or Peter Gleik or Micheal Mann to do a computer simulation. They often find that reality and perception can be intermingled to conflate ideas and concepts to confuse people. Bring in the Dem. experts so we can get to the bottom of this.

  51. sam8131 says:

    “You are dead and you have already voted for obamy, so go home”

  52. Richard_Iowa says:

    For the past 2-3 months I have been collecting what I call “stupid stories,” which I believe reflect the outcomes of the dumbing down of academics in America over the past 35-40 years. This one is definitely going into the folder.

  53. p_radicator says:

    This might sound odd, that is the oldest looking 84 year old I have ever seen.

  54. spasticjack says:

    I cant believe that they actually paid you to take the time to report this non story.
    Clerical error,corrected,she voted.

    1. sam8131 says:

      She probably has alltimers and forgot she was dead.

  55. RR says:

    If she is dead, she can vote 3 or 4 times in Chicago.

  56. mojoe says:

    ‘It turned out there was some kind of mix-up with the new city census.’

    I’m sure on the census she was listed as an illegal immigrant woman with 6 kids and no husband so Fall River could qualify for some Federal programs.

  57. Chisco says:

    Now THERE’S a brilliant precinct worker! She can actually look up at an obviously LIVING person and tell them “You dead”……….(Ya gotta love it! — has this idiot served on a jury lately??))

    1. weeone says:


  58. Ima Right says:

    Another dead person votes, proving voter fraud!

  59. Ron says:

    She probably wanted to vote for Ron Paul.

  60. 8thID says:

    She couldn’t have been a Democrat, then.

  61. Kevin Stowell says:

    In a related story, a woman found to be still alive was declared dead when she declared that she wasn’t going to vote for a Democrat.

  62. noneofyourbusiness says:

    maybe Obamascare death panel sent the signal too fast ???

  63. Dead at 59 says:

    I am so sick of hearing about this story for 2 days now. I was “dead” two years. I couldn’t get car insurance because my credit report said I was dead. It took me months to straighten out. Did I expect to be on the news? No! It happens a lot and is not newsworthy.

    1. Shredit says:

      Yet you felt it important enough to comment on it?

      1. Dead at 59 says:

        I have no life,,,,

      2. Dead at 59 says:

        I have no life….

  64. ablecynic says:

    But I’m not dead yet mate! Ah feel just fine! I do, I really do!

  65. gingerbread says:

    Too bad she doesn’t live in Illinois. Had she been living in Illinois, especially in Chicago, it wouldn’t have mattered

  66. fergy says:

    Even dead, she’d be able to vote in Illinois, several times….

  67. boog says:

    She must have been a registered Republican. Because if she had been a registered Democrate and dead, she would have already had 100 votes cast in her name . Dead Democrats vote often and multiple times.

  68. Wlider Napalm says:

    LMAO! she was also told that not only was she dead but she had already voted twice.

  69. bernie says:

    In Chicago you can vote whether you’re alive OR dead . . . . or even EXIST !

  70. Shredit says:

    Dang it! There goes a potential Obama vote out the window.

  71. sam8131 says:

    It’s a miracle!

  72. dunce says:

    She must be a registered republican, dead democrats are required to vote.

  73. Bob says:

    The answer would seem to be a National Database that each voter is responsible for updating yearly. This would clear up changes of address problem and if the person were deceased they would not be able to update their information. This could easily be accomplished and would be much more cost efective than voter registrations drives. The right to vote should come at some cost and effort. My Grandfather tarred roads three days a year to pay a poll tax in his youth. These days people complain that is rascist to require voters to obtain a picture ID, which is available for free. We are becoming a nation of drones.

    1. sam8131 says:

      you must be kidding. Don’t you know this is America. How about a new agency that goes door to dor and gets the votes.

  74. HeyHeyHoHo_BHO_Has_Got_to_GO says:

    If would have asked her for her ID, she could have proved right then and there that she was who she said she was! But NO, they REFUSE to look at identification!!

  75. Bob says:

    The walking dead can be such pests.

  76. weeone says:

    see what happens when they find out you want to vote Republican

  77. weeone says:

    this is better than comedy central thanks all

  78. IndyMason says:

    She must have tried to vote Republican, Democrats don’t have a problem with dead voters.

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