This bill would require voters in South Carolina to register themselves with a political party before they are allowed to vote in primary elections, and directs the state Election Commission to capture this information.  This is concerning from a privacy standpoint - there is no reason that the Election Commission needs or wants this information, and it's concerning that legislators would be interested in tracking this data.  This could lead to many unintended consequences (or intended), like gerrymandering, voter disenfranchisement by people who don't want to be affiliate with a particular party, or even breach of privacy if the information is not kept confidential.


Loftis, Clemmons, Burns, Chumley, Taylor, G.M.Smith, Morgan, Magnuson, B.Cox and Bradley


Pre-session filed


123rd Legislative Session

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