Wednesday, the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles held a “State Identification Day” to provide citizens with free transportation to go and get a new photo ID to vote.
After Governor Haley received much criticism for a new state law requiring a photo ID to vote, Haley offered the ID day so residents would have no excuse.
Reports have said only 25 out of 200,000 citizens took advantage of the day. Berkeley Senator Larry Grooms was the co-author on the Voter ID Bill and says that is not true.
“I don’t believe that 200,000 number. I think that was a gross exaggeration of people in South Carolina who do not have some form of government identification. That was a number that was thrown out a lot, but I’m not buying it. If we have 200,000 people who do not have some form of government issued ID I owe you an apology,” says Grooms.
Grooms says some people are counted more than once.
“They may exist but they may exist in two or three counties, or they may exist in their home state and try to exist here in South Carolina with a voter ID, or some sort of voter registration card. You can only be registered to vote in one place. If you are a student in South Carolina and your home state is, let’s say in Georgia or New Jersey, you register to vote in your home state,” says Grooms.
Grooms says every vote is supposed to count, but when the system is taken advantage of:
“When someone cheats, when a fraudulent vote is cast, and you’ve legitimately cast your ballot, then you (the legal voter) are the one who is being disenfranchised by those who are cheating the system. The most fundamental right in America, our most precious right is the right to choose our leaders at the ballot box,” says Grooms.
So, to fix the “problem” of this fraudulent voting, Grooms says every voter simply has to show a photo identification at the polls.