Feds clear SC online voter registration law

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The federal Justice Department has approved South Carolina's online voter registration law.

The agency waited until its deadline to act on the state law signed in June. The timing allows just a few days for people to use the easier option to sign up to vote Nov. 6.

The law passed unanimously by the Legislature removes several steps from the paper registration process. Supporters tout the online option as helping voters, while improving the accuracy of voter rolls and saving money.

The state Election Commission has been awaiting the federal OK. Its spokesman says the system should be available later Tuesday.

"South Carolina has made important improvements to our registration and elections process in the last decade, and we are proud to announce one of the single most important changes to the process is now a reality," said Marci Andino, executive director of the State Election Commission. "There's no waiting in line, no forms to print out, nothing to mail in. Any eligible person can register in just minutes."

People who want to vote Nov. 6 can register through Saturday.

Under the 1965 Voting Rights Act, South Carolina must receive Justice Department approval for any election law change.