South Carolina's Anti-Voter Fraud Law Stirs Controversy

Monday, September 12, 2011

Ahead of the 2012 presidential election, a fight is brewing on voter identification laws. At stake is the question of whether the problem is serious enough to threaten the results of the elections. South Carolina took an extra step to combat voter fraud in May, when Governor Nikki Haley signed a bill into law which requires voters to show government-issued photo identification. Supporters of the move say that this will curb the potential for voter impersonation. But critics say that this would disenfranchise the thousands of registered South Carolinian voters who do not have a driver’s license or other photo identification, and that voter fraud is not a major problem. Six other states have now adopted similar measures.

Anna Sale, reporter for WNYC's It's a Free Country, talks about the controversy around voter ID initiatives.

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Mar. 07 2013 02:01 AM
Brenda C. Williams

Many South Carolina citizens have come to my 501(c)(3), non-profit organization, The Family Unit, Inc., asking for help in obtaining government-issued photo ID from the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles.

South Carolina demands that one has a certified birth certificate; a marriage license( more than one license if married more than once); divorce decree(more than one if divorced multiple times; a social security card and proof of South Carolina residency.

The greatest hurdle that the indigent and the elderly have had to overcome has been birth certificates, by far.

The average cost of obtaining birth certificates has been $47.70. The cost rises exponentially when ordering a marriage license.

In order to order any vital records from VitalChek, the national registry for such records, which has an exclusive contract with the US government, one has to have a major credit card...American Express, MasterCard, Visa or a Discover Card.
In addition to this, one must have an e-mail address to get records through VitalChek.

So far, this has cost my group thousands of dollars since March of this year.
I have receipts to prove this fact.

None of the individuals who came for help had any of the above mandatory requirements!

These individuals continue to come, even until this very day!

Had they not come for help in purchasing these documents, then they will lose their rights to vote in South Carolina, if the Voter ID Bill passes.

We are petitioning the Department of Justice to deny pre-clearance to the Voter ID Bill of South Carolina.

Brenda C. Williams, MD
The Family Unit, Inc.
Sumter, South Carolina

Sep. 12 2011 09:49 PM

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