Here comes the expected show over voter ID

2011-09-02T07:00:00Z Here comes the expected show over voter ID The Times and Democrat
September 02, 2011 7:00 am

THE ISSUE: Rides to the DMV

OUR VIEW: Some will take advantage of governor's offer, but it's largely a political show

Don't say we didn't tell you so. Back when Gov. Nikki Haley said she herself would give people rides to the Department of Motor Vehicles to obtain a photo identification card in order to vote, we predicted she actually would do so, but primarily as a media event. Then along came a caller to the Governor's Mansion who requested a ride only to be told by Haley's people that they didn't know what he was talking about, that they didn't know the governor had made such an offer.

Now, in the face of protests over the voter ID law as a tool to disenfranchise voters, South Carolina is being told by the federal government it must provide additional and detailed information on how the state will implement the new requirement of photo IDs and the effects it will have on the state's voting population.

As hard as it may be for the staunchest of voter-ID advocates to believe, up to 178,000 South Carolina voters don't have state-issued photo identification. Many will have difficulty getting ID cards based on factors such as lack of a birth certificate.

Well, Gov. Haley and the DMV have decided that one South Carolina response to the Justice Department on implementation will be, in fact, providing those aforementioned rides to obtain an ID card.

"If you have to show a picture ID to buy Sudafed, if you have to show a picture ID to get on an airplane, you should show a picture ID when you vote," Gov. Nikki Haley said Wednesday.

So, on Sept. 28, DMV will host a "State Identification Card Day" for citizens who are 18 years of age or older and do not have a valid state driver's license or identification card. DMV will provide free transportation to and from a DMV office so that eligible citizens may apply for a state identification card. To participate, citizens may call 1-855-STATE ID (1-855-782-8343) toll-free to request transportation. DMV will accept requests through Sept. 22.

Here are more details:

* During the initial telephone call, DMV representatives will ask citizens for their name, address, contact information and preferred DMV office. Citizens will not receive an appointment at that time. The DMV representative will explain the requirements to obtain an identification card and attempt to determine if the citizen has the required documents. DMV will call the citizen by Sept. 26 to confirm the request for transportation. After confirming the citizen's information, DMV will provide an appointment for transportation. Appointments will be scheduled for a two-hour window of time (i.e. 8-10 a.m.) when the DMV driver license examiner will arrive to pick up the citizen.

* To obtain an identification card, citizens must have a birth certificate, Social Security card and proof of residency. If they have had a name change since birth, they must also have legal documentation (i.e. marriage license, divorce decree or adoption records) to support the name change. DMV encourages those that want to participate to call ahead of time to ensure they have all the appropriate documents.

"The most important thing citizens need to remember is that we cannot issue any type of credential without the proper documents to back it up. That's the hurdle most people face when trying to get an identification card," said DMV Executive Director Kevin Shwedo. "For many people, the real problem is getting a birth certificate."

* To apply for a birth certificate, citizens born in South Carolina should start by contacting the Division of Vital Records at the Department of Health and Environmental Control. Citizens not born in South Carolina should contact their birth state for assistance.

* On the day of the event, DMV driver license examiners will transport most of the citizens to and from a DMV office. Because the agency's examiner force will be transporting citizens, DMV will not offer road tests in any offices on that day and could potentially curtail other activities based on service demands. All DMV license examiners will wear gray uniform shirts with the DMV emblem on the left side and carry a DMV identification badge so that they may be easily recognized. They will check all of the citizen's identification documents before transporting them to the DMV office. If the citizen does not have the proper paperwork, he or she cannot obtain an identification card that day.

* Participating citizens must be physically able to walk either on their own power, with a walker or with a cane. DMV employees are not prepared to deal with special needs. To ensure maximum driving time and maintain schedules, DMV will not transport additional family members or unscheduled persons.

Don't expect a huge response from Democrats in support of Haley's rides to the DMV, which by any analysis are largely a political show. They are leading the fight against the ID bill, still with a belief that the U.S. Justice Department may reject the requirement under provisions of the Voting Rights Act. If that battle is lost, look for the party to organize its own rides to obtain IDs.


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(20) Comments

  1. sicntyrd
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    sicntyrd - September 09, 2011 4:09 am
    Rose, I certainly agree with the law; however, you would not be able to vote again because that is the job of the people working at the polls to initial each voter who receives a ballot with the number ballot they receive. The part of that which concerns me is that my vote is actually no longer secret but rather may be traced back to me through the # system. The danger is that people who are not able to vote have other people voting in their name.
  2. NouveauDebut
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    NouveauDebut - September 09, 2011 1:16 am
    kelster, thousands upon thousands of "Dead" people are still registered to vote nationwide! Go here if you don't believe it:

    It's a serious problem that shouldn't be ignored.
  3. kelster
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    kelster - September 08, 2011 6:46 pm
    finally saw a number on a news show the other day......between 2002 and 2007....a GRAND TOTAL OF 87 people were convicted of voter fraud.....the REAL SURPRIZE is that was in the WHOLE USA not SC.....i ask again why fix what is NOT broken?
  4. RoseofSC
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    RoseofSC - September 08, 2011 5:51 pm
    Other than stuffing the box, I can't imagine anyone who would disagree with a voter ID law. I show my ID. Should I not have to? If not, can I vote again? And again? And again? And again? What are those few opposed afraid of? Fairness, justice, and not to mention common sense, seems to be at a shortage for some.
  5. sicntyrd
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    sicntyrd - September 07, 2011 8:40 am
    kelster said: "43 years ago YOUR OPEN MINDED south in general and orangeburg specifically was still denying people of color the right to simply go its not as ancient history as you are trying to make it"

    That be true.
  6. dirtpoor
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    dirtpoor - September 06, 2011 9:01 pm
    wow, isn't 43 years; 4 decades? I do believe Orangeburg county is represented by a Black Congressman. I could be wrong. Besides the "race card" ended on 1/21/09!
  7. confisus_sum
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    confisus_sum - September 06, 2011 8:24 pm
    A simple response will suffice: Is Orangeburg the same today as it was then? Get out of the past, unless it is necessary as a crutch.
  8. kelster
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    kelster - September 06, 2011 2:59 pm
    43 years ago YOUR OPEN MINDED south in general and orangeburg specifically was still denying people of color the right to simply go its not as ancient history as you are trying to make it
  9. confisus_sum
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    confisus_sum - September 06, 2011 1:40 pm
    dirt: those states are not under the "occupational" mentality that permeates the federal government's response to Southern states, nor the 150 year old revenge that is still being applied toward the south.
  10. dirtpoor
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    dirtpoor - September 06, 2011 11:39 am
    confis: There are many states who have voter ID laws!! But, where is the DOJ with them?
  11. confisus_sum
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    confisus_sum - September 06, 2011 10:17 am
    The DOJ should be removed from the equation. The archaic laws only serve to divide us further. Until they hold their collective boots on the necks of other "northern" states, then they should stop with the double standards and get the heck out of our business.
  12. truthandjustice
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    truthandjustice - September 05, 2011 4:31 pm
    To one poster: I could not agree with you more.
  13. kelster
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    kelster - September 05, 2011 12:48 pm
    and someones mind is closing a little more (which must be hard to be anymore closed).....and as usual some can only demean another poster rather than showing any evidence in support of the topic..typical republiCON tactic...
  14. truthandjustice
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    truthandjustice - September 04, 2011 5:05 pm
    Somebody's nos is getting longerrrrrr!
  15. kelster
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    kelster - September 04, 2011 9:57 am
    ND i have no problem voicing my thoughts to any group that does not have the best interests of all of us...even the democratic party
  16. NouveauDebut
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    NouveauDebut - September 03, 2011 11:58 pm
    sicntryd; you hit the nail (and maybe EWO), on the head! Great comment.

    EWO, what's your problem? EVERYONE has to show ID to vote already of some form, so what's the deal with the deceptive comments?

    T&J, I doubt you will get an answer, but if you do, I'm looking forward to it.

    kelster, is it only the Republicons you dislike? What about Independents like me?? Maybe Libertarians too? Any others?
  17. sicntyrd
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    sicntyrd - September 03, 2011 8:27 pm
    You have to present identification to get a library card and you two yahoos think it's okay to vote without proper ID? You have to show proof of who you are at the doctor's office. Let's see, to cash a check down at the bank, they want some proof. You can't be serious that you really believe anyone other than ballot box "stuffers" are fighting this new legislation.
  18. truthandjustice
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    truthandjustice - September 03, 2011 8:23 pm
    EWO: Where is the racism you speak of? Give example:--lots if you CAN!! And BTW: the law is not a Jim Crow law!

    But, I hope you are right and the DOJ or Courts find the law illegal!! That way the voters can NOT use their valid S.C. ID's to vote! They have to have their voter registration Cards. And, if they do not, they can not vote. In my minority precinct, there will be unhappy people, because about 70% of them use their ID's.
  19. kelster
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    kelster - September 03, 2011 8:17 pm
    ewo...i have asked and asked but the republiCONS are silent...a VERY simple question...why fix whats NOT broken? i dont understand why they are so SILENT....maybe they are so BLISSFUL they can't COMPREHEND the question.

  20. EyesWideOpen
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    EyesWideOpen - September 03, 2011 4:40 pm
    Before there is ONE DIME spent on implementing this law OR providing free rides to the DMV, I ask WHERE are the studies, facts and statistics that PROVE there is ANY fraud? WHERE IS ANY PROOF??

    SC has passed a Jim Crow-style voter suppression law based on NO PROOF whatsoever!

    Sound familiar? Next will be a poll tax or literacy test.

    SC is returning to its racist past (did it ever leave?).

    Time for DOJ to bring down the hammer - again!
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