02/24/2012 02:40 pm ET

South Carolina Election Officials Praised Over Clearing Up Dead Voter Issue

One has to give the staff at the South Carolina Election Commission much credit and respect for standing up for truth this week by debunking the lie that some 950 dead people had been voting in South Carolina. Especially when considering the people doing the lying are their bosses.

Governor Nikki Haley, members of her administration, Attorney General Alan Wilson and nearly every other elected Republican official in South Carolina have aggressively been pushing a story that over 950 people in the state have voted in recent years after their deaths. They've been advocating this bogus story to whip up support for "voter ID" legislation that would require voters to have a government issued picture identification card in order to vote, which the U.S. Department of Justice ruled racially discriminatory last December. DOJ made their ruling based on the fact that African Americans are disproportionally more likely not to have government issued ID cards. This is especially true among very old African Americans who were raised during Jim Crow and often don't even have birth certificates. Currently voters need a photo ID or their voter registration card to vote. Voter registration cards contain a voter's race, age, gender, and physical description.

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