South Carolina House approves voter ID agreement

The South Carolina House has approved an agreement on a measure requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls.

The House voted 71-36 on Tuesday to accept a compromise worked out last week by a committee of House and Senate members.

The Senate expects to take up the agreement later this week. Approval from the Senate would move the measure to the governor's desk.

The bill requires voters to show a driver's license, passport, military ID or photo ID issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Currently, they can show a license or voter registration card, which lacks a picture.

Republicans contend it's a matter of voter integrity. Democrats call it a voter suppression tool that will keep minorities, the disabled and elderly from the polls.

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