Surprise, Surprise: Dead People Weren't Voting in South Carolina, Investigation Finds

Despite allegations that more than 950 ballots were cast in South Carolina elections bearing deceased voters’ names, an investigation by the State Election Commission found no evidence of any voter fraud.

Officials investigated [PDF] more than 200 of the cases, spending nearly 200 hours reviewing records. Almost half of the incidents, 96 ballots, were name recognition errors, “such as marking the deceased John Doe, Sr. as voting when John Doe, Jr. actually voted.”

In the other instances, ballots were flagged because of poor data matching—56 of the reportedly deceased voters are likely still alive—marking errors, or sudden death after an absentee ballot was issued.

Of the 207 cases investigated, the commission determined 197 were not instances of voter fraud; the other 10 cases had “insufficient information”

The election commission chose the 207 cases from the 2010 General Election, and noted a full review of the 953 flagged ballots would require more than 1,000 hours of work and thousands of records. Still, the state’s Attorney General office responded to the results by calling for more investigations.

“To give this state’s election process the clean bill of health we would like, we can’t simply rely on the review of some 200 of 950 records ... that is unsatisfactory,” a statement from the office said,according to NPR.

South Carolina’s Voter ID law was blocked by the Department of Justice for threatening to disenfranchise minorities; state officials are fighting the decision.

Campus Progress / By Brian Stewart | Sourced from

Posted at February 24, 2012, 3:47am

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