Loyalty Clause Nixed at SC Polls - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

02/03/04

Loyalty Clause Nixed at SC Polls

As voters head out to the polls today in South Carolina, there's a new twist on an old rule when it comes to who's eligible to vote. Something called a "loyalty clause" was supposed to go with every ballot today. The clause is where people signed a statement promising they were a Democrat.

Now, that rule is history, and poll workers say it should boost numbers. Volunteers setting up the Hilton Head polling station say they're planning for a big turnout. "This is the way it should be, to allow the greatest participation possible among people who will be voting Democrat in November," said Loretta Warden of the Beaufort Democratic Club.

State-level Democratic officials say the pledge has been used by the party for more than 25 years, but they dropped it after talking with party lawyers in Washington, DC.

The polls are open till 7pm tonight.

Reported by: Chris Cowperthwaite, ccowperthwaite@wtoc.com

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