After signing a controversial Voter ID bill into law earlier this year, South Carolina’s Gov. Nikki Haley has been quick to rebut criticism with promises of aid.
“Find me those people who think that this is invading their rights — find — and I will go take them to the DMV myself and help them get that picture ID,” Haley told Greenville’s FOX Carolina.
And just the other day Robert Tucker, a senior Carolinian and Army veteran, did just that.
But to no avail. He called the governor’s office, only to speak to staff who didn’t know what Tucker was talking about. Haley’s office declined to aid the senior.
Tucker, 76, can’t access his birth certificate.
(See Tucker tell his story in the video in the left column of this page.)
“I’m very disappointed the governor won’t help me with what I need to vote,” Tucker says reservedly.
Dick Harpootlian doesn’t hold back in his criticism, however. “Republican Nikki Haley has proved once again unable to tell the truth,” the chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party says.
“Whether she is misstating her job record, her own employment record or lying to Army veterans like Robert Tucker, it’s obvious she just doesn’t have it in her to tell the truth. She would rather climb a tree to tell a lie than stand on the ground and tell the truth.”
In May, Haley signed H.3003 into law, requiring all voters to present state-issued photo identification at the polls in order to participate in elections.
Over 178,000 registered voters in the state do not have a photo ID, however – that’s seven percent of South Carolina voters who could be disenfranchised next election day.
Laws that require presentation of government-issued photo ID in order to vote are going into effect in other states, as well.
Sixteen U.S. senators recently requested the Dept. of Justice to investigate the potential illegality of these voter ID laws.
“Studies have shown that as high as 11% of eligible voters nationwide do not have a government-issued ID. This percentage is higher for seniors, racial minorities, low-income voters and students,” Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo) wrote in his letter to Attorney Gen. Eric Holder.
There is no record of illegal voter impersonation in South Carolina or of any other type of false-voting situation that photo identification could prevent.
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