State senators have signed off on a bill to allow 11 days of earlyvoting before election days in South Carolina.
"Georgia has early voting. North Carolina has had it for 15 years," saidstate Sen. John Scott, D-Richland, the bill's sponsor.
Nineteen other senators co-sponsored the bill.
"This is a way for those in rural areas, those with transportationproblems to have time to get to the polls," Scott said. "This will alsohelp eliminate those long lines at the polls whether you're a Democrator Republican."
The Senate had attempted to attach early voting to a bill that wouldrequire voters to present a photo ID before casting their ballot.
Democrats in the Republican-controlled Senate opposed photo IDs butagreed to them in exchange for early voting, which they favor. However,the GOP-controlled House members objected to early voting.
The Senate bill now goes to the House.