South Carolina has become one of the nation’s first states to let voters register online — without using a scrap of paper.
To registerGo online here, orDownload a voter registration form from scvotes.org, complete the form and then either:Mail the form to your county voter registration office (postmarked by Saturday).Fax the form to your county voter registration office (received by Saturday).Scan the form and email the image as a file attachment to your county voter registration office (by Saturday).The Charleston branch of the YWCA will hold a voter registration drive from 3-7 p.m. Friday at 106 Coming St. in downtown Charleston.To update Download the voter registration update form from scvotes.org and return it to your county voter registration office. Voters who have moved from one county to another must submit a new voter registration application.Update the information on the back of your voter registration card and return it to your county voter registration office.
And residents here have four more days to do so before the Nov. 6 election.
They may use the online feature at www.scvotes.org if they have a driver’s license or photo ID issued by the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles.
Once a voter completes the online form, the state verifies the information with the DMV and mails a voter registration card within a few days.
In the 1990s, South Carolina became the nation’s first state in the country to make its voter registration form available online, and it’s currently one of only 13 states to have paperless, online voter registration, State Election Commission Director Marci Andino said.
While the state has seen deep divisions over whether voters must show a photo ID at the polls (a new law still tied up in court), the online registration bill sponsored by Rep. Laurie Funderburk, D-Kershaw, sailed through the General Assembly with bipartisan support.
The U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday approved the measure. Under the 1965 Voting Rights Act, South Carolina must receive federal agency’s approval for any election law change.
Cynthia Rosengren, a voting rights advocate in Mount Pleasant, called the development a “positive, feel-good, win-win event.”
While online registration might not have a big impact this year — the registration deadline is Saturday — Rosengren said, “It’s something that our Statehouse could and should be proud of because we’re leading the way in the country, not following.”
Dorchester County elections director Joshua Dickard called it “a new era of voting.”
Reach Robert Behre at 937-5771.
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