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One issue is that people don't have GUIDs. So matching up a death certificate with a voter registration (or anything else) is tricky and not 100% reliable.

People actually do have GUIDs... just not all people. In California, the process of getting a GUID is called "Live Scan". Anyone who works in certain occupations has to go to a Live Scan location and present ID and be fingerprinted. Most everyone who is arrested is Live Scanned.

The DOJ/FBI claims that the fingerprints so collected are unique to each individual, and they issue a unique identifier to each person Live Scanned (or come up with the identifier that was previously issued when that person was Live Scanned before).

So, basically, if you're ever arrested for anything non-trivial, you have a GUID. And if you're ever arrested again, you can claim whatever name you like and the DOJ is going to identify you as the person you were at your previous arrest. Whether they use this system to identify deceased persons, I don't know (although clearly they don't if any of the fingers are missing!).

Now I suspect that if you had proof that there are two people who Live Scan to the same fingerprint data, you would just mysteriously disappear. So I'm pretty sure they really are unique.

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