Orangeburg County town tests controversial voter ID law

ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - South Carolina's new voter ID law was put to the test Tuesday in the Orangeburg County town of Branchville.

The town held a special election to fill a town council seat.

The new law requires voters to show a form of photo ID to cast a ballot.

Voters are required to show one of five forms of photo ID, including a driver's license, federal military ID or U.S. passport to cast a ballot.

Supporters say the law will help prevent voter fraud.

"I think it's good. I think we need to be able to identify everybody who actually comes in and casts a vote, gives a little bit of accountability to it," said voter Allen Ott.

Opponents say it will prevent many who want to vote from doing so.

"I feel it's another form of voter suppression yes, and I really think it has taken us back to the 60's," said Democratic Party Chairwoman Betty Henderson.

Branchville's mayor is taking a wait and see attitude.

"If the main purpose of the law is to avoid fraud, then I'm all for it, but if it was to deter voters, then I have my doubts," said Mayor Glenn Miller.

Voters may cast a provisional ballot if they can prove they do not have access to a photo ID. It will be up to the election commision to decide if the vote counts.

The election is expected to be certified on Thursday.

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