Dead dog gets voter registration

10:24 AM, Jun 21, 2012   |    comments
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Roanoke, Virginia -- Tim Morris got a pretty big surprise in his mail last week: a document asking his dog Mozart to register to vote.

Not only is Mozart a dog, but he's been dead for two years.

"I opened it up and looked at it and i just laughed. I thought it was a joke at first, and it turns out it's real," he says. 

The form is addressed to "Mo," the family's nickname for the dog. What amazed Morris is that if Mozart was human, he would have been eligible to vote this year.

"He would have been 19 years old this year and he passed away two years ago. I still have no earthly idea how they got his information."

CNN affiliate WSLS in Roanoke checked with the State Board of Elections, but they say they haven't been sending these voter registration forms. When we looked at it a little closer, though we saw it was from "The Voter Participation Center."

They're a private, non-profit group that's trying to register more voters. The organization purchases mailing lists from vendors, and while they do try and check every name, they admit that some do fall through the cracks.

The organization focuses on groups like young people and minorities, which could explain why the Morris' dog Mozart didn't receive a registration form until now.

The Board of Elections says they received similar complaints, but since The Voter Participation Center is a private organization, they can't stop them from sending voter registration forms.

As for Morris, he's hopeful the problem can be controlled so animals like Mozart won't be deciding elections anytime soon.

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