Published: Sep 20, 2010 1:21 AM EDT
Updated: Sep 19, 2010 10:21 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - A newspaper investigation shows that thousands of dead people and convicted felons remain on Florida's voter registration rolls.

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Sunday it found at least 9,700 felons whose civil rights haven't been restored and at least 14,000 dead people remain registered.

The numbers are significantly lower than the paper found in 2008. Then, 28,000 dead people and 33,000 felons were registered.
      
While few votes are cast for the dead, the paper found that about 7,500 felons voted in the state's 2008 general election.
      
Florida elections head Dawn Roberts told the paper that based on its findings she is ordering an immediate review of the methods the state uses to identify voters who die or are convicted of a felony.