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S.C. Voter ID bill dies

June 30, 2010

Associated Press

COLUMBIA — A bill requiring South Carolina voters to show a photo ID and also allowing them to cast a ballot early has died for the year.

After months of wrangling, House and Senate members failed to agree on a compromise Tuesday before adjourning.

House GOP leaders said showing a photo is an issue of voter integrity, but they didn’t like pre-Election Day voting. A compromise between House and Senate Republicans allowed eight days of no-excuse early voting, but in only one location per county.

Democratic senators blocked its passage, wanting more time to vote in more locations. Democrats in both chambers called the photo requirement an attempt to suppress the minority vote.

House GOP leaders faulted Senate Republicans for not stopping the filibuster.

>>>And you may personally thank these former Democrats:

Senator Hugh Leatherman – (803) 212-6640
Senator Jake Knotts – (803) 212-6350
Senator Luke Rankin – (803) 212-6132
Senator Billy O’Dell – (803) 212-6040
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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Carole Cato permalink
    June 30, 2010 6:42 PM

    The brief soundbite note on Voter ID and Early Voting paints a very simple picture for a complicated issue. There have been no cases on record of voter impersonation, which is all this voter ID bill covered. Nobody wants to talk about the cost associated with this bill, almost $1 million to implement and at least half of that to maintain forever. To avoid the appearance of a poll tax, the cost of providing picture ID and replacemnts will be paid for by the state or your tax money. The House wanted no early voting, settled on 3 and raised this to 7 in the Conference Committee. The Senate wanted 15 days and multiple sites. As our population grows, early voting makes complete sense for the state and the voters. Why not do some research on your stories and be sure you give the real facts to your readers, not just what they may want to hear. Be part of the solution, not the problem.

  2. BlueCat57 permalink
    June 30, 2010 8:44 PM

    How can proving your identity harm anyone?

  3. July 1, 2010 8:41 AM

    Carole,

    You identified the problem. The law should have read: “The State of South Carolina blah blah, blah blah effective immediately requires anyone voting to possess a valid state ID card. No PSA’s, No assistance in purchasing the $5 card, No, you simply do not vote if you cannot prove who you are.

    Have a nice day!

  4. BlueCat57 permalink
    July 1, 2010 8:53 AM

    Question: How many people don’t have a valid photo ID?

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