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13,000 residents have new photo voter ID card

COLUMBIA (AP) — State election officials say more than 13,000 people have obtained the new voter registration cards with their photos.

The state began issuing the cards with a photo of the voter in December 2012, The State newspaper reported Friday.

Richland County leads the state, with nearly 2,300 of the photo ID voter cards issued.

South Carolina has nearly three million registered voters.

South Carolina will have its first statewide election under the new law in November, when voters will choose a governor, two U.S. senators, seven congressmen and 124 state House members, as well as other statewide office holders.

Opponents have worried the photo requirement will disqualify poor and minority voters who might not have a photo ID.

Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter, D-Orangeburg, said there is good and bad in the report from the election commission.

“What it tells me, first and foremost, is that communities of color are committed to overcoming obstacles and barriers placed in their way of voting,” Cobb-Hunter said. “What it also suggests is that we’ve got more work to do.”

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