South Carolina Senate Asks House to Work to Fix Flawed Voter ID Bill

(Columbia, SC) – Yesterday, the Senate voted to non-concur in a flawed Voter ID bill passed by the House of Representatives. Because of the flaws in the House language and new matter inserted in the supposedly clean bill, the vote to non-concur was overwhelming.

Example of Voter Identification

Senate President Pro Tempore Glenn McConnell issued the following statement:

“The Senate’s action to non-concur was necessary in order to save the great and needed idea of Voter ID from flawed House language that could have been fatal to the implementation of the Voter ID provisions in future elections. Also, we needed to save a vital residency checklist to be used to disqualify illegal ballots -a provision that the House deleted from the bill.”

“I think that many members of the Senate were hopeful that after the House sat on the Voter ID bill for six weeks and taking no action on it that the bill that they finally sent over to the Senate would be correct. Unfortunately, it was not. Their errors in drafting and misrepresentations about this being a “clean” bill made concurrence impossible for those who wanted this bill to become reality.”

“The citizen’s of our state support Voter ID and they want it to be law. They do not want to be given a mirage that disappears before election time because of defects.”

“Thankfully for our citizens who want Voter ID, the Senate was able to catch the errors in the House language that could have invalidated the whole bill since severability language was removed by the House. Those potentially fatal flaws as well as adding back the residency checklist can now be quickly resolved in conference committee.”

“Since the House of Representatives did not put off its second vacation in less than a month in order to get Voter ID corrected in conference committee and to the Governor, the matter cannot be put up for a final vote until the week after next when the House returns from its Easter vacation.”

“We are prepared to meet next Wednesday in Columbia and begin work to reach agreement. However, if an agreement is reached then the people of South Carolina will have to wait until the following week to get it passed once the House returns from vacation.”

“I hope that the House will show the same zeal and intensity in their work ethic to get this bill finished as they did in trying to force the Senate to pass a flawed Voter ID bill.”

“Also, I hope the House and Senate can finish Voter ID before the House takes another vacation.”

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