South Carolina governor offers rides to people who need photo IDs to vote

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COLUMBIA — 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.

Residents are asked to call 1-855-STATE-ID by 5 p.m. Sept. 22.

The Republican governor said the offering should remove Democrats’ complaint that some registered voters can’t get to a DMV office to get the photo ID the law provides for free.

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.

In July, Haley told a reporter in a TV interview to find people who think the requirement is invading their rights, and she’d drive them to the DMV herself. State Democrats said her office did not help a 76-year-old Army veteran who called for a ride.

The invitation doesn’t address a major hurdle with getting the free photo ID at the DMV – that many voters don’t have the needed documentation, said Victoria Middleton, executive director of the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.

To get the DMV ID, voters must present a birth certificate, a social security card and proof of residency. If their name has changed since birth, they must present documentation, such as a marriage certificate or adoption records, according to the DMV Web site.

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Harvey Elwood r
Harvey Elwood r 09/03/11 - 03:58 am
Governor Nikki Haley's

Governor Nikki Haley's actions continue to pull other mean hearted, false living by faith, religious pretending and selfish minded people to her support.

We’ve come too far as people and a nation to allow this foolishness to divide and take us back to a place of distrust and hard feelings. Forget Republican – Democrat or anything else except one nation under God. If any segment of our society is under attack for any reason, particularly the voiceless aged and disabled; all who believe in what’s right would not stand for this type of nonsense. Everyone knows this subject is about power and who is able to control elections. The poor only have one voice and that is the voice of their vote and we all know that. This law works and most surely will deprive them of that. I’m the first to say that yes there are many things wrong in our nation. But we only complicate it further when we hurt the feeling and sensitive of our neighbors, which is just what this law and many of the comments regarding it does.

I for one hate that it’s come down to this. Many of us thought we were past this type of nonsense. Yet power concedes nothing - even when we stand together to defend our nation, it’s laws and all it’s suppose to mean, there are those who march to the beat of a different drum.

I will not allow these mean spirited folk to change me. I will continue to dine and entertain Black, White, Asian, Latin and everyone else in my home and visit and dine at their homes regularly, as I have all my life. I cherish the thought and pleasure to have attended classes with individuals from over 72 nations from all over the world and became a better person because of it.

For months now the Republican controlled government of South Carolina and several other states have pushed forth and vigorously defended “Voter ID” legislative laws, veiled under the idea of saving the rest of us from non-citizen, voter frauding, mystery beings from outer space, that got President Obama elected.

My parents taught me to love this nation and all the people in it - even those that need to be ashamed of themselves, for this obvious, yet deceptive ideological and poorly disguised masquerade against people of good will everywhere.

“Education is the passport to a successful life” - just as much as money being the mothers milk of politics. I Pray that this law will not stand and that good people everywhere stand up against it.

Harvey Elwood, Jr. Orangeburg

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