Charleston NAACP officials said voters need to know the state’s Voter ID law won’t take effect until next year, so South Carolina voters can cast ballots this year like they always have.

Dot Scott, president of the Charleston NAACP, said she is concerned confusion might discourage some eligible voters this fall.

The confusion stems from a federal appeal’s court recent ruling upholding the state’s new Voter ID law but delaying its taking effect until 2013.

Scott also encouraged voters who are eligible to vote absentee to do so. South Carolina allows a broad range of people to vote absentee ballots early, including those aged 65 or older, students and their spouses and dependents, the physically disabled, those with vacation plans on Election Day, members of the Armed Services and those unable to vote because they must work on Election Day.

Read more in tomorrow’s Post and Courier.