Gov. Nikki Haley’s invitation Wednesday to voters who lack the photo ID necessary to vote under South Carolina’s new law echoed a rental car slogan. “We’re picking you up,” she said.
The Department of Motor Vehicles has set aside Wednesday, Sept. 28, for anyone who needs a ride. Voters who lack transportation can call a toll-free number to arrange a pickup from a DMV employee, Haley said.
… Democratic Party Chairman Dick Harpootlian called it a lame attempt to quiet critics. “This is ridiculous. One day to get this done for 178,000 people is dishonest and cruel. This is a useless gesture,” he said. “This is not even a good PR stunt.”
The law signed by Haley in May requires voters to show either a driver’s license, passport, military ID, a photo ID from the DMV or yet-to-exist voter registration cards that include a photo. The state Election Commission expects to be able to issue those in all 46 counties in mid-October.
Democrats and civil rights groups challenged the law, saying it amounts to a modern day poll tax that will suppress the vote of poor, disabled and elderly voters who don’t a driver’s license.