Michael Williams, a Lafayette resident, went to vote at his precinct Tuesday, only to be denied.
"I went to vote. They told me, I couldn't vote. They made some calls, checked my driver's license and then they told me I was deceased."
Williams said he has a similar problem in 2009, when he purchased a vehicle. At the time, he visited the Social Security office, and believed the problem was solved. During election day, however, the issue arose.
Williams went to the Lafayette Registrar of Voters, Wednesday. Charlene Meaux-Menard explained to Williams, that her office has documentation stating he is deceased.
"There is a Michael Anthony Williams, with the same birth and social security number, which is a deceased person who matches our voter files," Meaux-Menard explained. Louisiana law requires deceased individuals to be removed from voter registry. The documentation showed that Williams date of death was January 1st, 2008.
Williams contacted the New Orleans Vital Records Department, which houses death certificates for Louisiana. After researching, an official with the department informed Williams there was no record of a death certificate with his name, social security number or date of death. A call was then placed to the Secretary of State's office. Meg Casper, Press Secretary, explained that the office sends out reports to parish registrars. One report comes from the Department of Health and Hospitals, and lists death certificates. Another report comes from a private company that provides social security numbers from the Social Security Administration.
"My information states that we received information from the Social Security Administration that Mr. Williams is deceased. So that information was sent to the Lafayette Registrar," Casper explained.
A call was made to the Social Security office, a base in Los Angeles, California. According to their records, Williams is not deceased. They said he can contact his local Social Security office to receive documents proving that he is alive. Those documents should then be taken to the Secretary of State's Office.
Williams said, "I just want this cleared up. I've paid taxes since then (date of assumed death), I've purchased vehicles, I just want this cleared up."
News Ten continues to help Williams investigate the matter.
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