Recent Changes Affecting South Carolina's Voting Laws
Note: The U.S. Department of Justice decided the law was in violation of the Voting Rights Act because it would disproportionately impact minority voters. The state has filed a lawsuit to allow the law to take effect.
Last year, South Carolina passed a law requiring voters to show a photo ID to vote. Under the new law, acceptable ID’s (must contain a photo) include:
- South Carolina driver’s license or voter ID card;
- Photo ID issued by the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles;
- U.S. passport;
- Military ID;
- South Carolina voter registration card.
If a voter does not show proper ID, they must vote by provisional ballot. The ballot will be counted if the voter shows a valid ID to the county election officer before the meeting of the county board of canvassers.
The legislature is considering a bill that will allow South Carolinians to register to vote online.
- Guide for Voter Registration Drives in South Carolina (2012)
- Student Voting Guide for South Carolina (2012)