“A taxpayer-funded stunt.”
That’s how Democrats around the state are describing “State Identification Card Day.” That day, scheduled for September 28, is an initiative by Governor Nikki Haley to fulfill a pledge she made earlier this year to give people a ride, if necessary, to their local DMV office in order to secure a state driver’s license or identification card if they don’t have one.
Sen. Brad Hutto (D-Orangeburg) says the initiative is a stunt because it’s logistically impossible and it doesn’t address the real issue that the voter ID law is suppressive in that disenfranchises nearly 200,000 South Carolinians.
The U.S. Justice Department sent a letter to the State Attorney General’s Office late Monday asking for details on how the state will carry out the photo requirements. Hutto says that action indicates the Justice Department still has questions about the constitutionality of the voter ID law.
Hutto vehemently questions Governor Haley’s assertion that the costs associated with the initiative would be minimal.
He says if allowed to take effect, the law could bring into the question even the voting rights of people who may hold what they think are valid state driver’s licenses, because late fine payments or other problems could render a person’s driver’s license invalid.