The S.C. Election Commission (SCEC) is working overtime to reassure voters across the Palmetto State that their ballots will count as they head to the polls for the “First in the South” presidential primary.
In fact here’s a message we just received from Chris Whitmire, the SCEC spokesperson.
Voters have reported hearing through some Columbia area media that voters will turned away from the polls if they don’t have Photo ID. This is not true. The SEC wants to make sure everyone has accurate information. Please review the attached document for the details on SC’s Photo ID law.
Here’s the document Whitmire is referencing.
According to the commission, voters who show up to cast ballots today will be asked to provide one of the following five forms of identification: a S.C. drivers’ license, a S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles (SCDMV) identification card, a S.C. photo voter registration card, a U.S. government military identification card, or a U.S. passport.
“If you forgot to bring your ID, you can vote a provisional ballot, but you’ll have to show your photo ID to the county elections office before certification of the election on Thursday for your vote to count,” Whitmire added. “If you don’t have one of the Photo IDs, be sure to bring your non-photo voter registration card with you. This is the paper voter registration card everyone receives when they register to vote. This will allow you to sign an affidavit stating why you couldn’t get a Photo ID and allow you to vote a provisional ballot. This ballot WILL count unless someone proves to the Election Board that you submitted a false affidavit.”