Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Implementing South Carolina's new Voter ID law before November elections looks like a long shot.
A new South Carolina Voter ID law looks increasingly like a long shot to affect the November general election. The law, praised by S.C. Republicans as one of the top new pieces of legislation in the 2012 State House, was shot down by the justice department again on Monday. And on Tuesday, a lawsuit filed by South Carolina against the U.S. government received a new timetable. The Associated Press reported today that on Tuesday the judges considering the case had reschedule oral arguments for the end of August. Gov. Nikki Haley, a strong supporter of the new law, took to Facebook Tuesday and vowed to keep fighting: "We won't let this go." Assistant U.S. Attoney General Thomas Perez again shot down the law under the voting rights act on …
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Owens says recent DMV findings support need for law.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
By Rep. Phil Owens For the past two years, the South Carolina House approved a measure requiring voters to show a picture identification at the polls. The bill finally became law last year. Wednesday, the director of the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles testified that – after examining fewer than 10 percent of the state’s registered voters – that as many as 957 dead people are listed as having voted. This is an incredible finding that not only validates the need for the Voter ID law, but also adds more fuel to the argument that the Obama Administration was playing politics when it rejected the law last month. I’m thinking none of the dead people showed picture ID’s at the polls, and if a cursory check found 957 dead voters, I’d hate to …
Friday, January 13, 2012
Some officials suggest elections officials be on alert, others say not so fast.
Amid recent allegations of voter fraud in recent S.C. elections some state officials say elections officials should be on high alert during the primary, but others say further evidence is needed. "It should be noted that state officials will be closely monitoring the primary election," S.C. State Attorney General Alan Wilson said. On Wednesday Wilson requested an investigation by the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division into findings that suggest votes were cast under the names of 900 deceased individuals. Some state officials say the findings have serious and negative implications for the Jan. 21 state primary election. "The information brought to light causes concern for this election, and those yet to come, until steps like Voter ID are …
Thursday, January 12, 2012
The Attorney General's Office has requested a formal probe into possible voter fraud.
S.C. State Elections Commission officials are requesting a probe into the fraudulent use of the names of 900 dead people in recent state elections. State Election Commission Chairman John Hudgens and Executive Director Marci Andino announced their support of the call for an investigation into possible voter fraud in state elections on Thursday. In a statement released Wednesday, S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson reported the discovery of evidence that was uncovered by Department of Motor Vehicles Director Kevin Shwedo during a recent review of data related to the state's controversial new voter ID law. “Director Shwedo’s research has revealed evidence that over nine hundred deceased people appear to have ‘voted’ in recent elections in …
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Advocates of the law hope to see it in place before the 2012 election.
The battle over the South Carolina voter ID law is not over and state leaders say they will take the fight back to the U.S. Justice Department. State lawmakers said they plan to fight U.S. Justice Department for rejecting the controversial voter ID law on the basis of racial discrimination. Officials with the S.C. Attorney General's office said they are moving forward with plans to file an appeal but would not confirm plans for a lawsuit. "We plan to exhaust every legal action at our disposal," Communications Director for the Attorney General’s office Mark Plowden said. “We do expect to file a challenge. The legal documents to appeal will be filed at the end of the month.” Although the law's co-sponsor Larry Grooms acknowledged the law is …
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
State Identification Card Day will be held Sept. 28.
South Carolina residents who don't have a state ID can get free transportation to and from the DMV on Sept. 28. S.C. DMV officials and Gov. Nikki Haley announced Wednesday "State Identification Card Day," an effort to get S.C. residents the identification they need to comply with the new voter ID law. The General Assembly passed the measure that requires voters to show a state-issued ID in order to cast their ballots. The U.S. Justice Department is reviewing the law to determine whether it meets federal civil rights guidelines. Citizens who need a ride to the DMV on Sept. 28 should call 1-855-STATE ID (1-855-782-8343) toll-free before Sept. 22 to request transportation. DMV representatives will ask citizens for their name, address, …