Lawmakers Propose Early Voting

5:10 PM, Dec 18, 2012   |    comments
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Voters wait in line and the rain to cast their vote on November 6, 2012 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Edward Linsmier/Getty Images)

Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Lawmakers have pre-filed legislation to address voting issues in South Carolina.

Representative Bakari Sellers (D - Bamberg County) has proposed a bill that would allow early voting. 

It would require county election offices to create at least one early voting center, to be supervised with its own employees.

The early voting period would begin 30 days before an election and end three days before the election.

Sellers sits on the elections committee and say getting his bill past the hurdle of making it out of committee could be one of the bigger challenges ahead.

"When it comes to American politics, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, all of the states that surround us have substantial days in which one can early vote, and South Carolina just hasn't caught up with the rest of the union when it comes to this. So I look forward to having this discussion. I think it will pass, I think it finally has come to a head, with the debacle that happened here in Richland County, the waits that were happening in Charleston and in Horry," said Sellers.

But he says with long lines and voting problems, now could be the time for the proposal to become law.

"When you have those things that are going on like that never-ending saga going on in Richland County and when you have people who are just trying to vote but find the impediment of time then I think it's time that we actually come together and find some alternative or find some reasonable means where we can make voting and access easier," said Sellers.


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