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S.C. Officials to Investigate 900 Dead 'Voters'

The Attorney General's Office has requested a formal probe into possible voter fraud.

S.C. State Elections Commission officials are requesting a probe into the fraudulent use of the names of 900 dead people in recent state elections.

State Election Commission Chairman John Hudgens and Executive Director Marci Andino announced their support of the call for an investigation into possible voter fraud in state elections on Thursday.

In a statement released Wednesday, S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson reported the discovery of evidence that was uncovered by Department of Motor Vehicles Director Kevin Shwedo during a recent review of data related to the state's controversial new voter ID law.

“Director Shwedo’s research has revealed evidence that over nine hundred deceased people appear to have ‘voted’ in recent elections in South Carolina,” Wilson said in a statement released Wednesday. “This is an alarming number, and clearly necessitates an investigation into potential criminal activity."

Wilson has requested S.C. State Law Enforcement Division Chief Mark Keel to review Shwedo's findings.

“At the core of the State Election Commission’s mission is ensuring every eligible citizen has the opportunity to participate in fair and impartial elections and have the assurance that their vote will count,” Andino said. “Recent claims that more than 900 votes were cast in the name of dead people are very concerning."

Andino said if the findings are true it would mean the state's election process has been compromised.

"It would mean every person’s legal vote has been diluted by illegal ones. Such a reality would strike a blow to the public’s confidence in the election process in S.C,” Andino said.

In his letter to Chief Keel, Wilson writes, “No right is more precious than the right to vote and no process is more important in terms of integrity than the election process. Voter fraud cannot be tolerated. Therefore, I respectfully request that SLED conduct a preliminary inquiry into these voting irregularities.”

Read the letter: http://www.scag.gov/pdf/voting.pdf

The S.C. voter ID law was passed in 2011, and requires voters to show specific types of photo identification. The law was rejected by the U.S. Justice Department on the grounds that it was discriminatory against minorities and the poor. 

Wilson's office is in the process of appealing the decision and state lawmakers said they are ready to file a lawsuit against the Justice Department.

stanley seigler January 13, 2012 at 11:05 PM
@JimW: "... I still did not see an answer to my question. I asked: “why the people that would be suppressed... the answer: the least are suppressed/opressed by laws based on fiction...NOT fact. re: So let me assume for a moment that your real concern..." my real concern is people (our country) being bought by greedy bastards like the kocKs...who pander to racism...use good people to benefit kocK interest. jimw avoids the real issue with the distraction of ease or unease of getting an ID...cease being hypocrites and admit the painfully obvious: The law does nothing to correct a condition which does NOT exist. (where's the beef) kocKs-etals know that if they can shave off even 1-2% of turnouts, it'll be enough to tip the scales in race after race. [CLIPs] "These laws are a major attack on voting rights. Nationwide, 21 million eligible voters lack the kinds of photo ID required by these laws. And especially if you're elderly, poor, or a student, it's not easy to jump through the hoops required by these laws. "Joy Lieberman of Missouri. She's 80 years old and has been voting for 60 years. But now she won't be able to vote because her birth certificate does not list her middle name. Or Larry Butler, who was born in 1926 in South Carolina, when birth certificates often were not issued to black Americans. Now, it would cost Mr. Butler $150 to get the documents required by South Carolina's voter suppression law.
stanley seigler January 14, 2012 at 05:17 AM
@JimW "...I do know there is an obvious risk..." and how do you know...and how did ya'll NOT know before (in recent history) til' the kocKs told ya'll re: this is just basic common sense. nonsense... i have no desire to scream "racism" except where it exist...it is unbelievable intelligent people do not see it...
Bev Harris January 16, 2012 at 06:50 PM
This may not have anything to do with voter ID. I have studied millions of voter registration database records, and have also kept track of election fraud convictions over a 100 year span. Assuming the dead person match to driver's license was done by social security number (not birthdate, which will produce duplicates that are actually different people), the most common reason for this is inaccuracies in voter history data. I recently examined voter history databases for an election with 180,000 votes, and found 5,000 inaccurate data entries. In other words, people who didn't vote were reported as voting, and people who did vote were reported as not voting. Moving on to actual cases of proven fraud voting for dead people, this is done by poll workers and others with inside access. Voter ID has no effect on poll worker or election worker fraud, because they don't card themselves while they stuff the ballot box.
kimbav January 16, 2012 at 07:51 PM
People whose lives are relatively well-handled don't understand the difficulty disenfranchised people face. Oh, it's EASY to get an ID! Just get a free ride! and a free ID! Maybe these people are rural, and a DMV is a long ways away. Maybe they are not part of a community in which they are supported to know about such services. Maybe they work multiple jobs or getting in to a DMV - only open during business hours - is precluded by their work situation. Maybe every moment they're not at work they're tending to family, and getting an ID is pretty far down the list of priorities. When you are in many kinds of situations, the hurdles over which you must jump to access these kinds of services are sufficiently daunting as to keep it from happening. Given what a small percentage of Americans actually vote, the process should be kept as easy as possible. Allowing a few people in without an ID is not what's tipping the system. The kind of corruption that really makes a difference is at a much higher level, and keeping students, seniors, and socioeconomically disadvantaged people (which often translates into racial/ethnic divides) out of the voting process is certainly to one side's advantage over the other.
stanley seigler January 16, 2012 at 09:27 PM
@kimbav: People whose lives are relatively well-handled don't understand the difficulty disenfranchised people face. the well-handled are clueless (for a start should read 'nickled and dimed'), have no idea how po folks live/survive from paycheck to paycheck...there are exceptions eg, FDR, JFK, BO, maybe W. i understand most rich (well-handled) folks really dont care about the least...what i dont understand is why they pretend otherwise...why they are such hypocrites...just admit they are greedy bastards...and/but; what i will never understand are patronized (by rich folks) middle class, po folks who think rich folks do care... of course my comments are over the top hyperbole...but are based on the way good people vote...eg, no new taxes; cut funding to programs needed by the least; give tax breaks to the rich and corporations...

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