Voter ID, illegal immigration back up for debate

COLUMBIA, SC (AP) - Photo identification at the polls and a further clampdown on illegal immigrants are among proposals pre filed by South Carolina's senators.

Wednesday was the first day senators could pre file bills for the upcoming session. Voter ID was the first of 210 measures filed. Republicans have argued for the past two years that it's an issue of voter integrity.

The bill died in June as Senate Democrats pushed to allow more days of early voting. They argued the version Republicans wanted limited voters' ability to cast ballots.

Republican Sen. Larry Grooms followed through on his pledge to re-introduce a bill to put South Carolina in line with Arizona's law. It would direct law enforcement to check the legal status of people they suspect are in the U.S. illegally.

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