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DMV will offer rides to disabled

Sep 6, 2011 9:55:00 PM - thestate.com
The state Department of Motor Vehicles is working to give rides to people with disabilities Sept. 28.

The “free ride” day is meant to give voters who do not have photo IDs the chance to get one at their local Motor Vehicles office. A pending state law, which must clear review by the U.S. Justice department to go into effect, would require voters to present a photo ID at the polls to cast a ballot.

Motor Vehicles has been criticized for not ensuring disabled voters could get rides, too. Last week, advocates for the disabled said failing to provide rides to everyone violates federal law.

Critics have lambasted the voter ID law as unnecessary — given the lack of any proven case of voter fraud in South Carolina — and an attempt by the Republican-controlled Legislature and GOP Gov. Nikki Haley to suppress voter turnout among minorities and the elderly, who tend to vote Democratic.

Motor Vehicles officials plan to meet with advocates Thursday and present a transportation plan to accommodate disabled voters.

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