Lawsuit to extend voter registration deadline because of Hurricane Florence

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson wants to give voters more time to register because of Hurricane Florence and has filed a lawsuit against the state election commission to extend the registration deadline from Oct. 7 to Oct. 17.

Flooding and damage from Florence has caused voter registration offices to close in some counties and many people can’t get to other offices around the state because of flooded roads and other damage.

“The right to vote is fundamental," Wilson states in the suit. “To protect this right to the extent possible in the wake of a major hurricane causing unparalleled flooding, the Executive Director must be directed to set a voter registration of October 17th.”

A court must rule is because state law requires someone to be registered to vote at least 30 days before the date of an election and the general election is scheduled to be held Nov. 6.

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