The Voter ID Bill may not be in full effect in South Carolina by the time the June 8 primary rolls around, but Charleston Senator Chip Campsen gives the rundown of which ID’s would be sufficient: “South Carolina’s Drivers License, an ID card issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles, a passport, a military ID containing a photograph, a South Carolina Voter Registration Card containing a photograph of the voter, that actually you’ll get a voter registration card with photo ID’s embedded in the Voter Registration Card, which is ultimately where we want to head. Lastly, an employee identification card containing a photograph of the voter, which is issued by the federal government, the state, or a political subdivision,” says Campsen.
Campsen says the employee ID by the federal government, the state, or political subdivision portion of the Voter ID Bill has caused some confusion. He says some have taken this portion of the bill and made it seem like student ID’s are acceptable. Campsen says that’s not true.
“This is the one where I think there has been some misunderstanding and confusion. I know that there have been some on the House side I think they would express some concern in the conference committee, which I’m on and I chair, that this could, a political subdivision could be a state aborted university. And, it’s not the case because this applies only to employee identification cards issued by the federal government, the state, or political subdivision,” says Campsen.
Campsen says the only purpose of having photo IDs are to determine if who you are is who you say you are.