Democrats say GOP early voting bill limits access


COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democrats in the South Carolina House say an early voting bill being pushed by Republicans will limit voters' ability to cast a ballot early.

The bill under debate Thursday creates a nine-day window of no-excuse-needed early voting. But it ends the hybrid form of early voting currently available for a month before Election Day.

People can now vote in-person absentee if they pick an excuse for why they can't vote on Election Day, such as being at work or on vacation. The bill that the majority party is pushing through would eliminate the in-person absentee option.

It would leave intact voting absentee by mail. But Democrats say that's an extended, complicated process.

Sponsoring Rep. Alan Clemmons of Myrtle Beach argues his bill cleans up the system.

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