Corpse Wins Election in California

The Los Angeles Times reports:

Jenny Oropeza, who died after a long illness last month, was reelected to another term in the state Senate on Tuesday. With more than half of the vote counted, voters in Oropeza’s Long Beach district gave her more than 54% percent of the vote. Republican John Stammreich trailed with 40% of the vote.

This isn’t the first time a dead candidate has prevailed.  People have voted for dead folks more that you might think.  Former Attorney General John Ashcroft lost to a dead guy in 2000 when he was running for reelection to the Senate in Missouri.  And sexy  Sam Seaborn (White House Communications Director for Congress during President Bartlet’s administration) ran for Congress in a special election in order to fill the seat a deceased Democratic candidate who won in the general election.

In all seriousness though, Oropeza sounds like she was a great candidate.  Although this seems absurd, it actually makes some sense.  When people die to close to an election they can’t be replaced on the ballot. So voters have no choice but to vote for a dead person or forfeit the race to their opponent.

Bonus Video:

Tiny Top Hat Tip:  Amy W.

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~ by siouxsielaw on November 4, 2010.

2 Responses to “Corpse Wins Election in California”

  1. That David Cross bit is pretty funny. Good post.

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