Today, the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles will provide transportation to citizens who have asked for help in getting a new photo ID card to vote.
On the designated “State Identification Card Day,” the DMV has confirmed appointments for 25 citizens that will be served in 20 DMV offices across the state.
“The vast majority of the calls we received were from citizens who simply wanted to know what they had to do to get an identification card,” said Executive Director Kevin Shwedo. “And it wasn’t about politics. It was about helping people get the photo IDs they need to conduct business in their everyday lives.”
Governor Nikki Haley says they actually helped more than 600 people, who called into the toll-free line, but less than 50 people requested transportation.
“None of us knew what we were walking into,” Gov. Haley said Tuesday,”But we were prepared whether it was 25 or 2500, we were prepared to do it.”
The governor and her DMV director offered state-run shuttles to people who do not have transportation or have disabilities that prevent them from driving. This is in response to criticism of a new law that requires a state photo ID to vote. Critics say the law illegally disenfranchises people who have used only a voter registration card. They argue that even with special day of transportation, some will lose their right to vote because they do not have a birth certificate to qualify for the new ID.
The state’s so-called Voter ID law is under review by the U.S. Department of Justice.
DMV’s Examiner force will be transporting citizens in the morning hours Wednesday. DMV License Examiners will check all of the citizen’s identification documents before transporting them to the DMV office. If the citizen does not have the proper paperwork, he or she cannot obtain an identification card that day.
To obtain an identification card, citizens must have a birth certificate, Social Security card and proof of residency. If they have had a name change since birth, they must also have legal documentation (i.e. marriage license, divorce decree or adoption records) to support the name change. DMV encouraged those that wanted to participate to call ahead of time to ensure they have all the appropriate documents.