Senators reach deal on photo ID requirement

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Legislators have worked out a compromise on a bill requiring South Carolina voters to show photo IDs before they cast a ballot.

The state Senate remained in recess Thursday while legislators typed up the specifics.

Republican Sen. Larry Martin said senators have agreed to 30 days of early voting, and a photo ID won't be required for elections this year.

Senate Democrats have been blocking the legislation with more than 1,000 amendments. Senators haven't gotten past the first during the filibuster that started Wednesday afternoon.

Republicans say the issue is about preventing voter fraud, and that everyone should be accustomed to flashing ID.

But Democrats liken the bill to poll taxes, literacy tests and other ways whites kept blacks from voting in South Carolina's past.

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