Dead Dog Receives Voter Registration Forms

Plus how the author's dog would vote in the 2012 presidential election.

At first, Tim Morris of Bedford County, Va., thought the voter registration materials addressed to his late dog, Mozart, were a joke. It turns out that the document addressed to "Mo Morris," the dog's nickname, is 100-percent authentic.

Mo would be old enough to vote, if he were both alive and human.

"He would have been 19 years old this year and he passed away two years ago," Morris told WSLS-10 News, an NBC affiliate. "I still have no earthly idea how they got this information."

WSLS-10 discovered that the forms were not sent by the Virginia State Board of Elections, but by the non-profit Voter Participation Center (VPC). VPC purchases mailing lists from vendors and reaches out to any unregistered voters on the lists. The group especially focuses on young people, minorities and unmarried women. According to WSLS-10, VPC says it tries to check every name, but errors do slip through.

VPC has posted an attempt at damage control on its website, writing, "The REAL Story is 73 Million Unregistered Americans, not Mozart the Dog. Let’s get serious. We have a crisis of democracy—over thirty-five percent of all eligible Americans, more than 73 million of us, aren’t registered to vote. The crisis isn’t that a piece of mail went astray."

Note to VPC: Nobody is saying Mozart's voter registration forms are a "crisis." We just think your mistake is really funny.

By the way folks, I just asked my springer spaniel who he would vote for. He barked "Nobama".

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