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South Carolina holds first Nov. election under new legislation

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YORK COUNTY, S.C. — Voters in the Palmetto State are flocking to the polls for the first November Election Day under South Carolina's new voter ID law.

A similar law goes into effect in North Carolina in a few years.

This isn't the first election in South Carolina for this new voter ID law, voters have had a couple of practice rounds with bond referendums and primaries.

However, election officials said there are no major incidents to report.

Under the new law, South Carolina voters are now asked for either a drivers license, state-issued photo ID, passport, or military ID before they cast their ballot.

Anyone without a proper photo identification will have to cast a provisional ballot.

Leading up to Election Day, officials say they did a lot of voter outreach to make sure everyone was aware of the new requirement. There are even a couple of mobile ID units popping up at precincts where people can get a temporary voter ID on the spot.

Although the new provision is not yet posing any problems or preventing anyone from voting, the true test will be in 2014 when voter turnout is expected to be higher.

"We foresee a larger number of voters coming out and a greater cross-section of individuals. So that will be the true test of this law. So far, we have not had any serious issues. No," said York County Director of Elections Wanda Hemphill.

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