Owners dumbfounded when deceased cat receives government letter: 'All types of fraud'

Katie Mather

When Ron Tims was going through his mail on July 8, an envelope made him do a double-take. It was a voter registration application addressed to his cat, Cody Tims, who had died 12 years ago.

The Atlanta-based family was surprised — and very confused — to have received the form.

“There’s a huge push but if they’re trying to register cats, I’m not sure who else they’re trying to register. I’m not sure if they’re trying to register dogs, mice, snakes,” Ron’s wife, Carol, told WAGA-TV.

Georgia’s Secretary of State’s Office claimed that the registration letter did not come from them and must have been from a third-party. Groups have access to mailing lists to get names and addresses for mail-outs like these, but it’s unclear why Cody’s name was on any public, government list.

“Make no mistake about it, this office is dedicated to investigating all types of fraud,” the Secretary of State’s Office said in a statement.

Georgia has been in the news recently for the meltdowns over the voting system for the state’s primaries in June. Long lines and malfunctioning machines resulted in backlash from voters and explains why Georgia usually has a very low turnout rate for voting. With the upcoming election in November, organizations have made it a priority to get more people registered in the state.

Alas, even if Cody were the right species to cast a vote, voters also need a photo ID, which he did not have.

“[He was a] great cat, indoor and outdoor, loved his family, loved his neighborhood. He was 18 and a half when he passed away,” Carol said.

 When asked, the Tims couple reportedly said that they think Cody would vote “DemoCAT.”

Are you a human who needs to register to vote? Here’s everything you need to know about registering for Election Day 2020.

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