SC DMV chief says as many as 900 dead people may have voted in SC elections

Via The State Newspaper by way of the Charlotte Observer:

COLUMBIA The S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles director estimates more than 900 dead people may have voted, and his data has been turned over to the State Law Enforcement Division for investigation.

DMV Director Kevin Schwedo testified Wednesday before an S.C. House subcommittee that his staff analyzed the records of more than 239,000 voters who do not have an S.C. driver’s license or identification card, and discovered that about 37,000 of them were dead.

Analysts used records from the S.C. Election Commission, the S.C. Department of Vital Statistics and the Social Security Administration, Schwedo said. His office determined that about 957 people could have voted after they had died but said there could be data-reporting problems or other errors that would make the number lower.

Schwedo did not say when those questionable votes may have been cast – whether over the past 20 years or two years. He said he examined the data because he wasn’t satisfied with what was being presented by the S.C. State Election Commission.

Schwedo’s testimony comes just weeks after the U.S. Department of Justice rejected South Carolina’s law. Under the law, people would have to show a state-issued driver’s license or ID card, a military ID or a U.S. passport to vote. However, the Justice Department determined the law would discriminate against black voters, who more often do not have a photo ID, and it ruled that the state had done nothing to demonstrate a need for the law.

State Attorney General Alan Wilson announced his intentions to file a lawsuit against the Justice Department. Wilson’s office issued a press release Wednesday to say it had requested a SLED investigation of Schwedo’s findings.

Bbbbut Voter ID laws are raaaaaaaaaaaaacist, didntcha know?! 8-|

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