QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“I still believe there is a pony in the middle of this mess. (But), some days, I have a harder time believing that than others.”
State Rep. Leon Stavrinakis, D-Charleston, who opposes the bill, said the proposal appeared to be losing support. “Usually when that (recommitting) happens, that means a bill is dead,” he said. “I’m not 100 percent sure that’s the case here.”
The decision to send the bill back to the drawing board came after opponents to the bill had collected more than 4,000 signatures from all over the state.
The League of Women Voters of South Carolina also has indicated the bill’s passage likely would end its efforts to hold voter registration drives. The bill would require the league and others conducting registration drives to register with the state.
It also calls for a $50 fine for anyone who turns in a voter registration application to their local elections office more than 48 hours after it was completed. There would be a $100 fine for each application collected before the voter registration deadline, but handed in after that date. And the bill calls for $500 fines for each application collected that is not turned into a county voter registration office.
The state has no hard figures on problems stemming from voter registration drives, but it has seen examples of voters who appear at the polls on election day but who are not on the rolls.
The bill is similar to one that passed recently in Florida and is subject to a federal lawsuit there.