A Texas Rangers baseball fan waves a Texas state flag in Arlington, Texas.
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Before Texans head for the polls in November, the state wants to know one thing: Are you dead?
Election officials are sending letters to thousands of voters asking them to verify they are alive, in compliance with a 2011 law requiring officials to cross-reference the voter list with the social security death list, the Austin Statesman reported Thursday.
So-called notices of examination are going out to 77,000 of the state's approximately 13 million registered voters.
Because of the size of the "master death file" — with 89 million entries — the Social Security Administration "does not guarantee its accuracy," the newspaper said, as one Michael Moore, very much alive, found out when he received a notice.
Voters who are still alive have 30 days to return the form or call their county and confirm they are breathing.