900 people listed as deceased voted
COLUMBIA — State officials are calling for an investigation after records determined that more than 900 people listed as deceased also have recently voted, calling into question the integrity of the state’s election system with South Carolina’s first-in-the-South GOP presidential primary just 10 days away.
What’s unclear from the analysis released Wednesday to a House Judiciary Committee panel from the state Department of Motor Vehicles is whether voter fraud was committed by people assuming the identities of the deceased or if poor record keeping has resulted in South Carolina residents being classified as deceased.
Kevin Shwedo, the director of the Department of Motor Vehicles, did not have answers, saying that would be up to investigators. He based his testimony before lawmakers on state Election Commission records that included when people last voted and matched that with death records.
Southwest will add Los Angeles flight
Southwest Airlines, which plans to start service to Atlanta next month, said Wednesday that it will add a daily nonstop round trip from Atlanta to Los Angeles beginning in June.
Atlanta is the biggest U.S. city that Southwest doesn’t serve, but the airline gained a toehold when it bought AirTran Airways in May, setting up direct competition with Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines Inc.
The Dallas-based airline had already announced plans to operate 15 daily nonstop flights between Dallas and Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Houston and Austin, Texas, beginning Feb. 12. In March, it plans to add daily flights to Las Vegas and Phoenix.
In other news
A FORMER VOLUNTEER firefighter in north Georgia, accused of setting blazes because authorities say he enjoyed the rush of helping to put them out, has been indicted on eight counts of arson. Marvin Chase was indicted on the charges this week by a grand jury in Walker County, LaFayette police Sgt. Stacey Meeks said.
THE GRANDMOTHER of a South Carolina toddler missing for more than a month said Wednesday that she is holding out hope the boy will be found alive. Nelson’s grandson, Amir Jennings, was 18 months old when she reported him and his mother, Zinah Jennings, missing in early December.
– From wire reports