Blessing the fleet

Blessing the fleet

COLUMBIA -- The S.C. House on Tuesday approved an agreement on a bill requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls, discounting Democrats' arguments that the measure would disenfranchise voters.

The House voted 71-36 along party lines to accept a compromise worked out last week by a committee of House and Senate members. The Senate expects to take up the agreement later this week. Approval from the Senate would move the measure to the governor's desk.

It requires voters to show either a driver's license, other photo ID issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles, passport, military ID or upcoming voter registration card that includes a photo. Currently, voters can show their license or voter registration card, which lack a picture. The bill allows adults to get a free photo ID from the DMV.

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