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Haley signs Voter ID bill into law

May 18, 2011 3:15:00 PM - thestate.com
With music pumping, Gov. Nikki Haley signed into law Wednesday a bill requiring S.C. voters to show a photo ID, such as a driver's license, to cast a ballot.Currently, voters only must show a voter registration card that does not have a photo.

"If you can show a picture to buy Sudafed, if you can show a picture to get on an airplane, you should be able to show a picture ID to (vote)," Haley said during the signing ceremony, surrounded by supporters and lawmakers who pushed the bill.

Joe Dugan, chairman of the Myrtle Beach Tea Party, made the drive to see the signing and celebrate. "If we don't have integrity at the ballot box, we don't have it anywhere."

But Democrats and bill opponents say the law will suppress turnout by likely Democratic voters, including the poor and African Americans, who are less likely to have photo IDs or transportation to get one. It also could hinder students from voting, they say. The law does not recognize student IDs as a valid form of identification for voting.

Future voters must show a S.C. driver's license, other photo ID issued by the state Department of Motor Vehicle, a military ID or a passport.

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