Voter ID Law Showing Promise

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By Rochelle Dean

(WOLO) COLUMBIA,S.C., --

A spokesman for the state Election Commission says the lack of problems at the polls during last month's primaries shows South Carolina's voter ID law is working well.

But critics say the effects are not yet known. The June 10 primaries represented the first statewide test of the law since it was implemented last year.

Several dozen votes weren't counted because the voter didn't provide a valid photo ID. All of those were people who told poll workers they didn't bring their driver's license, or other acceptable photo ID, with them, then failed to present it later.

Voters who don't own a photo ID also can cast a paper ballot after signing an affidavit that a ``reasonable impediment'' kept them from getting one. All of those votes were counted.

(Source: Associated Press)

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