A "vote here" sign outside an Upstate polling place. (File/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -
A new South Carolina House bill could put new, tougher requirements on groups that register people to vote. But opponents fear the requirements will be so strict, fewer people will be voting in the state.
The bill would require any group that conducts voter registration drives to register with the state elections commission and turn in voter forms within five days of signing people up.
Plus, each volunteer must sign a statement swearing they will uphold state election laws and could face fines up to $1,000 for each voter registration form not turned over to election officials. But one local group called RISE in the upstate feels it's not needed.
"I think it's trying to deter people from voting," says RISE Volunteer Derrick Quarles.
The bill's sponsor, State Rep. Alan Clemmons, R-Myrtle Beach, says it's about holding third party groups accountable for properly handling a person's right to vote.
The bill is still being debated in the State House and will come back up again Tuesday, Feb. 21.
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