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Deadline Today for S.C. Voter ID Response

Court wants answers to get program running by November.

S.C. officials have until today to determine whether the state's new Voter ID program could be ready to use by November, according to The Associated Press.

Now, it will be up to state Attorney General Alan Wilson to outline what steps the state would need to take to create photo voter ID cards and make sure voters know the rules in enough time for the general election.

The U.S. Justice Department , which would require voters to present a drivers license or some other approved picture ID at the polls, instead of the practice of allowing individuals to vote with a voter registration card with no picture identification.

Supporters of the new law say that . Opponents argue that .

The implementation of the program will require a large education campaign including advertising and community meetings, as well as new equipment and training at county election offices.

Ronnie McCallay April 30, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Although SC State Election Commission allows voter registration via email, Greenville COUNTY does not. South Carolina is the most difficult state to vote in, in the entire United States, so this process does not surprise me at all.
stanley seigler April 30, 2012 at 07:10 PM
re: The implementation of the program will require a large education campaign including advertising and community meetings, as well as new equipment and training at county election offices. what a waste time/energy, on useless nonsense...
Carolyn Farr Smith April 30, 2012 at 09:47 PM
What I don't understand is why couldn't they just streamline the process and issue your voter registration with photo when they issue your driver's license. Looks like that would be much easier. Then both would have to be renewed and they could account for whether people were using someone's identification.
David Madere April 30, 2012 at 09:52 PM
SC ID works for me period, keeps the riffraff out from cheating voting day.
stanley seigler May 01, 2012 at 06:41 AM
@David Madere: "...works for me period, keeps the riffraff out from cheating voting day... the only riffraft is the corrupt, untrained, election officials and poorly supervised dieblod electronic voting mschines...which is not mentioned in the voter ID law... under existing law, it is impossible, if elections officials do their jobs for the dead to vote or for anyone to commit indiviual voter fraud... if anyone belives other wise...please enlighten...advise how you would go about committing fraud if you were so inclined. the only one voter ID works for "period" is the kock bros, etal...who want to keep control of our country... sad T-GOPs help them by supporting voterID laws...sadder still the mantra of the T-GOPer is, "take back our country" while actually take it from we the people and give it to give it to the big business...ie, al capps, general bullmoose..."What's good for General Bullmoose is good for the USA"
Cold War Vet May 01, 2012 at 11:39 AM
Attorney General Eric Holder is a staunch opponent of laws requiring voters to show photo ID at the polls to improve ballot security. He calls them “unnecessary” and has blocked their implementation in TX and SC, citing the fear they would discriminate against minorities. Holder’s opposition to ID laws comes in spite of the Supreme Court’s 6–3 decision in 2008, authored by liberal Justice John Paul Stevens, that upheld the constitutionality of Indiana’s tough ID requirement. When groups sue to block photo-ID laws in court, they can’t seem to produce real-world examples of people who have actually been denied the right to vote. According to opinion polls, over 75 percent of Americans — including majorities of Hispanics and African-Americans — routinely support such laws. One reason is that people know you can’t function in the modern world without showing ID — you can’t cash a check, travel by plane or even train, or rent a video without being asked for one. In fact, PJ Media recently proved that you can’t even enter the Justice Department in Washington without showing a photo ID. Average voters understand that it’s only common sense to require ID because of how easy it is for people to pretend they are someone else.
Cold War Vet May 01, 2012 at 11:41 AM
Filmmaker James O’Keefe demonstrated just how easy it is on Tuesday when he dispatched an assistant to the Nebraska Avenue polling place in Washington where Attorney General Holder has been registered for the last 29 years. O’Keefe specializes in the same use of hidden cameras that was pioneered by the recently deceased Mike Wallace, who used the technique to devastating effect in exposing fraud in Medicare claims and consumer products on 60 Minutes. O’Keefe’s efforts helped expose the fraud-prone voter-registration group ACORN with his video stings, and has had great success demonstrating this year in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Minnesota just how easy it is to obtain a ballot by giving the name of a dead person who is still on the rolls. Indeed, a new study by the Pew Research Center found at least 1.8 million dead people are still registered to vote. They aren’t likely to complain if someone votes in their place. In Washington, it was child’s play for O’Keefe to beat the system. O’Keefe’s assistant used a hidden camera to document his encounter with the election worker at Holder’s polling place. Note that O’Keefe’s assistant never identified himself as Eric Holder, so he was not illegally impersonating him.
Cold War Vet May 01, 2012 at 11:43 AM
Dead People Voting is a Good Reason for Voter ID Laws. See: http://bluecollarmuse.com/2012/01/13/dead-people-voting-is-a-good-reason-for-voter-id-laws/.
Cold War Vet May 01, 2012 at 12:02 PM
Dems are dead-set against Voter ID because it makes voter fraud easier when ID is not required. The Dems and big majorities of Dem members of Congress hate it. The rationale for opposing voter ID is it discourages minorities from participating in the electoral system. That reasoning has been repudiated by majorities of blacks and Hispanics, who don’t see any threat to show a photo ID. If Obama, Holder and Dems in Congress had their way, every state and city in America would be run like Washington. We're past the days of Jim Crow, much to the chagrin of the Dems, which instituted and maintained those racial discrimination and intimidation policies in the South for far too long. We’ve seen in recent decades far less chances that blacks will be turned away from polls because of their race than whites. When the New Black Panthers stationed armed thugs in front of polling places in Philadelphia to intimidate white voters, Eric Holder refused to prosecute the perpetrators. Obama, Holder and the Dems don’t have a problem with racial discrimination at the polls, as long as they perceive that racial discrimination as beneficial to their own empowerment. Don't allow America to transform into a Third World-style banana republic. Obama and the Dems have demonstrated utter contempt for the Constitution. They actively seek disempowerment of anyone who disagrees with their agenda. They will use any means necessary to impose their radical agenda on the rest of us.
Cold War Vet May 01, 2012 at 12:03 PM
The Real Reason Why Liberals Hate Voter ID: Four Indiana Democrats Charged with 2008 Election Fraud: http://www.conservativerefocus.com/blog5.php/2012/04/03/the-real-reason-why-liberals-hate-voter-id-four-indiana-democrats-charged-with-2008-election-fraud. (Published on April 3rd, 2012 ).
Cold War Vet May 01, 2012 at 12:13 PM
So there is no logical reason why Voter ID laws should not be enforced in all 50 states. It is becoming more and more obvious that President Obama is going for the Illegal Immigrant vote. The 2008 Presidential elections were decided with a nearly 10,000,000 vote difference. This upcoming election will most definitely be closer than that, and he will do whatever necessary to win, even using the votes of illegal immigrants. We cannot allow the fate of this Nation to be decided by a bunch of criminals who shouldn't even be in this country to begin with.
Cold War Vet May 01, 2012 at 12:17 PM
We have a streamlined process. Either show a SC driver's license, or a SC state ID card, both of which are issued at any DMV office.

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