On Wednesday, while no one noticed because the people were too busy traveling, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division said what I and a lot of other people in the state knew all along: there was no voter fraud of any kind. No dead people rising from their graves to vote.
All of the pathetic excuses the racist conservative cowards used to justify voter suppression have now been laid bare for the Palmetto State public to see.
For the better part of 2011 and 2012, Alan Wilson, the son of Joe 'You Lie' Wilson, willfully lied to the people all over the nation by claiming on Fox News, “We know for a fact that there are deceased people whose identities are being used in elections in South Carolina.”
As the Columbia-Free Times posted, there were 950 names on the state's Department of Motor Vehicles list from a certain area who voted in the 2008 presidential election, but died sometime after November 4, 2008 and before the 2010 gubernatorial election on November 2 of that year.
“Well over 900 individuals appear to have voted after they died,” said Nikki Haley's DMV director, Kevin Shwedo, at one House hearing on the matter.
“We must have certainty in South Carolina that zombies aren’t voting,” said Alan Clemmons, a Myrtle Beach GOP representative.
Marci Andino, the state's Elections Chief, found nothing on a voting rolls list that even remotely matched the GOP's lies about voting fraud.
She explained that of the initial batch of six names of allegedly dead voters on the DMV’s list: one had cast an absentee ballot before dying (which is perfectly within the bounds of federal and state laws); another was the result of a poll worker mistakenly marking the voter as his deceased father (obviously, a Jr./Sr. suffixing); two were clerical errors resulting from stray marks on voter registration lists detected by a scanner; and two others resulted from poll managers incorrectly marking the name of the voter in question instead of the voter above or below on the list. The agency went on to investigate more than 200 other names on the dead voter list and found zero cases of illegal activity.
“It hurt the public confidence in South Carolina elections,” said the elections spokesperson Chris Whitmire. He's glad SLED's report confirmed what the elections agency always believed: there was no fraud, merely clerical errors and genuine mistakes.
Rep. Bakari Sellers, the Denmark Democrat, echoed our sentiments exactly.
"They lied to our entire state and then they lied to our entire nation," said Rep. Sellers.
That is precisely what the so-called Christians in the conservative movement did. Now, there should be hell to pay.
Alan Wilson should be forced to resign from office as Attorney General. Clemmons should be made to resign from office as representative.
Any elected official who allowed the racist radicals in the South Carolina GOP to willfully lie to the American people and never called them out should be forced to resign by the taxpayers of this state. No more apologies, because what Alan Wilson and the GOP did was no mistake. They deliberately LIED to the people of this state.
[Columbia Free Times]