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Senators Advance Early Voting Bill

5:07 PM, Jan 30, 2013   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Lawmakers are working to make early voting in South Carolina a reality.

A senate committee met Wednesday morning to discuss several bills on the topic.

Richland County Senator John Scott says the panel is moving forward with a plan that will create at least 10 days of early voting.

The proposal would require two Saturdays of early voting, and exclude Sundays.

It also gives counties the option to open a maximum of three centers for advance polling.

Some lawmakers have tried to pass early voting legislation before, but Scott says the public outcry from long lines in November's election could help make it happen this year.

"If you look at all the long lines that constituents have been complaining about in South Carolina, if we have the early voting period. Folks can go out and vote early and get that out of the way and they don't have to wait in the long lines," said Scott.

He says the bill would keep the provisions for advanced absentee voting.

Scott hopes the bill will move to the senate floor for debate in the next few weeks.

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