South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson has asked the State Law Enforcement Division to investigate potential voter fraud in the state after the director of the state Department of Motor Vehicles testified that he believed more than 900 dead people may have voted in recent elections.
DMV director Kevin Shwedo made the statement to a House judiciary subcommittee Wednesday. Shwedo said his office uncovered the discrepancy when it analyzed more than 239,000 people on voting rolls that the Elections Commission said did not have a state-issued driver’s license or ID card.
“This is an alarming number, and clearly necessitates an investigation,” said Wilson.
Shwedo told the committee he had turned over those 900 names to SLED. In all, he said 39,000 people on that list were dead while another 91,000 now live in other states. He said there were others who used a different name when they applied for their driver’s license.
Shwedo said he uncovered the information after an extensive review of data associated with the new voter ID law– which made it mandatory for people in the state of South Carolina to show photo identification in order to vote. However, the U.S. Justice Department blocked the law last month. Wilson plans to file a lawsuit in federal court next week to reinstate the law.