The Department of Motor Vehicles says nearly 700 people have called about getting a free ride to get a photo identification card to comply with South Carolina's new voter ID law. According to the DMV, only 25 rides are scheduled for the one-day only free ride program, happening Wednesday, and most of the people who called the DMV were not interested in getting a ride.
"The vast majority of the calls we received were from citizens who simply wanted to know what they had to do to get an identification card," said DMV Executive Director Kevin Shwedo. And it wasnt about politics. It was about helping people get the photo IDs they need to conduct business in their everyday lives."
In late August, Gov. Nikki Haley unveiled the free-ride program during a news conference with DMV director Kevin Shwedo, telling voters they could call to schedule a ride to their local DMV office.. Residents had to qualify by September 22.
Despite the low turnout for the program, Haley feels she is helping alleviate the problem.
"We wanted everybody that wanted a state ID to get one. We got 25 appointments, that's 25 people we're helping so I'm pleased with that," said Haley. "Should it have been more? You know, there were a lot of people that said they were thousands of people that were not able to get to the DMV. None of us knew what we were walking into, but, we were prepared whether it was 25 or 2,500."
Gov. Haley and supporters of the voter ID law argue the measure will help stop voter fraud and secure South Carolina's elections.
"If you have to show a picture ID to buy Sudafed, if you have to show a picture ID to get on an airplane, you should show a picture ID when you vote," Haley said.
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