I have two lights currently controlled by two switches (on the same wall plate), which I wanted to combine into a single switch. However, the wiring on the inside isn't what I was expecting, and wanted to check to make sure I understand what's going on.
The wires look like this:
The wire labeled "north" is for the light receptical on the north side of the room, and south for south. However, what I wasn't expecting was for the white wire on the south side to be hot. Is this simply a case of the wires being mistakenly reversed, or is this something that was likely intentional? If the later, what's going on, and which wires would I need to combine in order to use one single pole switch instead of the previous two?
Here is the original switch, labeled with how the wires were before I removed the switch