While South Carolina is still awaiting U.S. Justice Department review of the new voter photo ID law, Gov. Nikki Haley's free rides to the DMV so voters without photo ID can get the new state voting cards has only netted a couple dozen respondents.
Those rides are slated for today.
The reason for the low response rate isn't clear, but it is drastically lower than the number of voters in South Carolina that will need a photo ID —the S.C. Election Commission says of our 2.5 million registered voters, 178,175 will need to get identification — that's just about 8.9%.
And in Beaufort County the rate is higher with 10.4% (9,674) of registered voters needing photo ID.
The DMV rides have received some heat for narrow time windows (you had to RSVP for specific time slots on just one day) and it is not necessarily a trivial task for the state's older residents to get the needed documentation.
Haley had originally proposed the DMV rides to show that the state was committed to not deterring voters with the new law, but it is possible that the very low turnout will have the opposite effect.
For more information on the current status of the law and what you may need to do if it is approved, head to the S.C. Election Commission's webpage.