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DOI To Board Of Elections: Get Dead People Off Voter Rolls

A voter works up his ballot on Nov. 5, 2013 in Morningside Heights. (credit: Jesse Zanger/CBSNewYork)

A voter works up his ballot on Nov. 5, 2013 in Morningside Heights. (credit: Jesse Zanger/CBSNewYork)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The New York City Board of Elections has its work cut out for it, as the city Department of Investigations has asked the board to purge the dead and other ineligible voters from its rolls.

As 1010 WINS’ Gary Baumgarten reported Monday, Department of Investigations Commissioner Rose Gill Hearn said she sent investigators to the polls during the last city election, posing as dead people, people who are convicted felons, or people who moved out of the city.

They all managed to cast ballots, she said.

Now, a report has been issued asking the Board of Elections to cull the ineligible voters from the rolls.

“We’ve made recommendations for improving their operation, which they can implement without any change to any law,” she said.

Gill Hearn said the Board of Elections was cooperative during the investigation.

Outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Monday that Gill Hearn has been appointed to take over as chair of the city Campaign Finance Board.

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