Future of early voting bill uncertain

There are some questions about the future of a bill that would add early voting and increased security to South Carolina elections. The South Carolina House had already unanimously passed House Bill 4919. “Election security and integrity is at the top of my list and it’s at the top of the list of many of my colleagues and I’m gonna make sure that I work and that we work to get the bill passed and to the governor to sign it, “said Rep. Jason Elliott, who represents part of Greenville. But last week, the Senate Majority added a section allowing the Senate to confirm the governor’s appointments to the State Election Commission, a move that would give the Senate more power in deciding who is on the commission. “Unfortunately, right now, we’ve got leadership on both sides of the Statehouse kind of debt in, and I think ultimately that doesn’t serve the cause well of getting a bill that is important and necessary to ensure election integrity and that we do not have a debacle like we had in 2020 repeat itself, “said Spartanburg Sen. Josh Kimbrell. Kimbrell said he supports the root of the bill and believes it will help keep South Carolina elections even more secure. “I believe that overall it does a great deal to enhance access to the ballot box for people who are legitimate legal voters, but it also takes very strong deterrent measures against those who are going to engage in illegal activity,” he said. The bill would work to expand state-run audits, among other measures. Kimbrell said he had been working to help the broker compromise, even proposing an amendment that would allow the Senate to review and consent to the executive director of the commission, rather than commissioners. “I’m hopeful. I’m still speaking to both parties,” Kimbrell said, regarding a compromise.Gov. Henry McMaster tweeted his disappointment on Friday. “It’s unfortunate that some Senate Republicans were misled by the Majority Leader and Democrats and rejected a common sense compromise in order to make it easier to vote and harder to cheat in the SC.” Shane Massey issued a statement Friday. “Governor McMaster calls this a ‘power grab.’ And that’s exactly what it is. Somebody has to step up. Somebody has to lead. Somebody has to ensure liberals are not running our state election commission and jeopardizing our elections. If Governor McMaster isn’t going to do it, the Senate will, said Massey, in part. Tuesday, the House sent the bill with its new provision back to the Judiciary Committee, casting doubt about its future with the session set to end next month. Lawmakers were hoping to have it in place by the June primary. “There’s been a sense of urgency from South Carolinians from Greenville County to Georgetown County to get this done and we’re going to get it done,” Elliott said. The State Election Commission weighed in on early voting when asked by WYFF News 4. “The SEC has supported the concept of early voting for many years. Early voting makes elections more secure and makes voting easier for citizens. Showing a photo ID and voting in person is the most secure way to vote, and voters would have more time to While South Carolina has never had early voting, when the General Assembly expanded absentee voting to cover all voters in 2020, voters took full advantage of it. half of those who participated (53%) voted before election day. This reaction from voters was extraordinary and clearly demonstrated a demand for early voting options, “said Chris Whitmire, director of public information. for the commission.

There are some questions about the future of a bill that would add early voting and increased security to South Carolina elections.

The South Carolina House had already unanimously passed House Bill 4919.

“Election security and integrity is at the top of my list and it’s at the top of the list of many of my colleagues and I’m gonna make sure that I work and that we work to get the bill passed and to the governor to sign it, “said Rep. Jason Elliott, who represents part of Greenville.

But last week, the Senate Majority added a section allowing the Senate to confirm the governor’s appointments to the State Election Commission, a move that would give the Senate more power in deciding who is on the commission.

“Unfortunately, right now, we’ve got leadership on both sides of the Statehouse kind of debt in, and I think ultimately that doesn’t serve the cause well of getting a bill that is important and necessary to ensure election integrity and that we do not have a debacle like we had in 2020 repeat itself, “said Spartanburg Sen. Josh Kimbrell.

Kimbrell said he supports the root of the bill and believes it will help keep South Carolina elections even more secure.

“I believe that overall it does a great deal to enhance access to the ballot box for people who are legitimate legal voters, but it also takes very strong deterrent measures against those who are going to engage in illegal activity,” he said.

The bill would work to expand state-run audits, among other measures.

Kimbrell said he had been working to help the broker compromise, even proposing an amendment that would allow the Senate to review and consent to the executive director of the commission, rather than commissioners.

“I’m hopeful. I’m still speaking to both parties,” Kimbrell said, regarding a compromise.

Gov. Henry McMaster tweeted his disappointment on Friday.

“It’s unfortunate that some Senate Republicans were thought by the Majority Leader and Democrats and rejected a common sense compromise in order to make it easier to vote and harder to cheat in the SC.”

Senate Majority Leader Sen. Shane Massey issued a statement Friday.

‘Governor McMaster calls this a’ power grab. ‘ And that’s exactly what it is. Somebody has to step up. Somebody has to lead. Somebody has to ensure liberals are not running our state election commission and jeopardizing our elections. If Governor McMaster is not going to do it, the Senate will, said Massey, in part.

Tuesday, the House sent the bill with its new provision back to the Judiciary Committee, casting doubt about its future with the session set to end next month. Lawmakers were hoping to have it in place by the June primary.

“There’s been a sense of urgency from South Carolinians from Greenville County to Georgetown County to get this done and we’re going to get it done,” Elliott said.

The State Election Commission weighed in on early voting, when asked by WYFF News 4.

“The SEC has supported the concept of early voting for many years. Early voting makes elections more secure and makes voting easier for citizens. Showing a photo ID and voting in person is the most secure way to vote, and voters would have more time to while South Carolina has never had early voting, when the General Assembly expanded absentee voting to cover all voters in 2020, voters took full advantage of it. half of those who participated (53%) voted before election day. This reaction from voters was extraordinary and clearly demonstrated a demand for early voting options, “said Chris Whitmire, director of public information for the commission.

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