Dead Candidates Still on the Ballot Win Elections in Florida, Alabama

The candidates shall have to be replaced by members of their respective parties

By on November 8th, 2012 08:46 GMT

Two deceased candidates from the American states of Florida and Alabama have won the November 6 elections.

In Florida, Orange County, tax collector Earl K. Wood had already served eleven terms, and was up for his 12th, at the age of 96. Unfortunately, he didn't get the chance to see his dream come true once again, as he passed away on October 15, the Inquisitr reports.

Wood had previously decided not to run in the Orlando elections, but, when a worthy opponent stepped up, he returned to the political race. His name remained on the ballot, and it appears he was so popular,that he was re-elected post-mortem.

Votes cast for Wood are to be received by another candidate, with the decision being in the hands of the Democratic Party.

The Democrat had been in office for most of his life, almost five decades. Wood received a whopping 56 percent of the total number of votes. Reports write off his demise to natural causes.

“He had that characteristic all politicians want. [...] He was likable,” friend Steven Bechtel described him, as quoted by the Epoch Times.

Republican Charles Beasley, from Alabama, ran for a seat on the Bibb County Commission. He had passed away on October 12, at 77. Preliminary reports ruled his passing was brought on by a brain aneurysm.

His Democratic opponent, Commissioner Walter Sansing, blames his own loss on the voters' inclination towards voting for a member of the Republican Party. He also credits Beasley's win to the fact that Sansing couldn't relay his political agenda properly, as he was running against an understandably absentee candidate.

“It is a touchy situation. When you are running against a dead man, you are limited as to what you can say,” he said.

In Alabama, Sansing will not be elected commissioner de facto, as the seat will go to a member of the Republican Party, this time picked by the governor.

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