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Election Commission Refutes Dead Voter Claim

Dead voters may not have voted after all

Apparently, dead men aren't actually voting.

The South Carolina Election Commission on Wednesday disputed cast ballots during the 2010 election.

Election Commission Director Marci Andino testified before the House Election Laws Subcommittee that her staff had confirmed a small sample of the dead voter claims to be false.

DMV Director Kevin Shwedo initially made the claim about the dead voters in early January, and South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson then ordered an investigation.

Andino said the Election Commission received the names of six suspected dead voters in Abbeville County and confirmed that, in fact, none of the voters had cast a post-mortem ballot.

  • One of the voters cast an absentee ballot before dying
  • One voter, Samuel Ferguson Jr., was mistakenly marked as his deceased father, Samuel Ferguson III
  • Two of the voters were the result of stray marks on the voter registration list
  • Two of the voters were the result of poll managers incorrectly marking the the name of the dead voter instead of the name above it or below it on the list

"Charges of voter fraud are serious," Andino said in a release. "If even one fraudulent vote has been cast, that is one too many."

The Election Commission was not provided with the full list of suspected dead voters, so they could not confirm information about the other voters in question.

A spokesman for the Attorney General's office said no conclusions should be drawn about the small sample of suspected dead voters Andino examined.

"Andino is not operating off of the same list (950+ voters) that was given to SLED for investigation," Communications Director Mark Plowden said in an email to Patch. "Until SLED has completed its work, no one will know anything. It is incredibly premature to take a list of six random voters from a single county and proclaim the case is closed."

However, while Andino did not have access to the full list of suspected dead voters, the election commission confirmed that the few names they were provided came directly from the list provided to SLED.

Because of the claims, the election commission also investigated whether any of the 37,000 deceased voters listed in the DMVs database had requested absentee ballots for the 2012 South Carolina Primary.

They found that 10 of those voters had requested ballots, but confirmed that none of the voters in question were actually dead.

The allegations have resulted in further discussion of South Carolina's Voter ID law, which passed in 2011, but was in December.

Wilson's office announced in early January that it would .

stanley seigler January 26, 2012 at 04:57 PM
@salinum321: " Voter ID is a good idea..." why...and why was it not needed until BO was elected... is it good to waste tax payer money writing laws that address imaginary issues and correct none of the real problems (incompetent election officials)... if you see a problem or can reference a case of voter fraud at the ballot box please advise. SC legislators did not think IDs were a good idea...ie, opposed 2005 Real ID Act...
stanley seigler January 26, 2012 at 05:57 PM
@Reilly Moore: I'm sure they will look at the complete list, but it hasn't happened yet. "...sure they will look at complete list"...wanta bet...say $10,000. voter ID laws are all smoke and mirrors to suppress BO voter turnout...they damn well know there is NO individual voter fraud at the ballot box... the fraud is with electronic voting machines and political hacks serving as election officials...which was not addressed.
kdbroom September 01, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Voter ID laws...more government red tape needed to ensure "valid" elections. Implementing voter ID laws...bigger government needed to enforce "valid" elections. So, more government red tape and bigger government is a good thing when it comes to supporting Republican initiatives, but a bad thing when supporting Democratic initiatives. That's hypocrisy at its finest. BS on this one. Voter ID laws are simply an attempt to suppress non-Republican votes.
stanley seigler September 01, 2012 at 03:59 PM
@kdbroom: '...That's hypocrisy at its finest.' 'we the people' cant be that stupid...but we are!!! we have allowed the kockbro-ilk to buy our legislators (legs)...ie, the legs sold (30 pcs of silver) their soul for campaign contributions...there is absolutely NO reason for voterID law. every time around the 'voterID bush' these question are asked and NOT answered: 1. how many cases of voter fraud (at the ballot box) have there been over the past 50 years (pick any number of years)? 2. under current laws how would one commit voter fraud at the ballot box? 3. why was a voterID not required prior to BO's election? so much bs...so much time/taxmomey/energy WASTED, WASTED, WASTED...when this energy should be spent on real issues (eg,job creation) vice legislation to increase profits for the kockbro ilk (the 1%) and pandering to the BO-haters yes we are that stupid...
Robert Kelly September 02, 2012 at 12:53 AM
A citizen has the RIGHT to vote. You need various IDs for other things, like driving and buying certain controlled medications, but those activities are not considered "rights". You should not have to jump through hoops to vote. Why should government officials require you to jump through hoops? There is a reason why changing the voting regulations in SC requires Dept of Justice Approval. It is because SC intentionally disenfranchised so many people illegally before the federal Voting Rights Act. So now SC must pay the price for sins committed by the government. If SC wants to introduce new barriers for anyone, the DOJ must approve. That is how it is for people (government) on parole for past crimes. It is their own fault.

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