The South Carolina House approved a bill today to require a picture ID to vote, led by House Speaker Bobby Harrell, R-Charleston.

“To say that requiring a picture ID to vote creates an undue burden is absurd,” said Speaker Harrell.

Actually, it’s not absurd. It’s actually a fact. Charleston college students were wrongly turned away at the polls in November, and it was far from the first time. Picture ID requirements breed confusion at the polls, especially for volunteer poll managers who don’t understand that the ID is for picture identification only — not to match addresses.

It’s also not clear to me by looking at the bill that it accounts for students that may have a drivers license from another state, but are still allowed to vote in South Carolina.

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