Voter ID Bill Now Law
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) Entering the State House ground floor to the tune of “I Gotta Feeling” by pop music group, Black Eyed Peas, Gov. Nikki Haley, joined by fellow republicans and other supporters, signed into law a bill requiring registered South Carolina voters to produce a valid picture ID at the polls. “If you can show a picture to buy a Sudafed, get on a plane, you should show a picture to make sure you vote,” said Haley. However, other lawmakers and advocates with the South Carolina Progressive Network believe the law doesn’t detect fraud, as the governor claims, but is a fraud. They say it’s a calculated move to make it difficult for poor, uneducated people of color and also college students whose university ID’s won’t be enough to secure their vote. “This bill is nothing but voter suppression equivalent to a poll tax,” said Rep. Todd Rutherford of Richland County. Whether the law goes into effect depends on the US Justice Department’s review of the law. Its decision could take as long as six months.