But opponents believe the measure will suppress voter turnout. An estimated 178,000 voters in South Carolina don’t have a driver’s license. Those voters will be able to get state-issued ID cards for free.
However, in the middle of a budget crisis in South Carolina, there is no money to pay for it.
“So it could be that the first two elections may be very dicey for voter ID process,” said Conway Belangia.
Belangia, the director of the Greenville County voter registration office, also pointed out that after the Civil Rights movement, under the Voters Rights Act of 1965, South Carolina like other southern states has to get approval when it changes the voting process.
That has not happened yet. Also, every single poll worker in the state will have to be trained on what IDs are legal and on what to do if there is a problem.
It’s possible that everything could be in place by this November’s election.