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RICHMOND, WI - NOVEMBER 06: A voter registration sign is seen at a polling station on November 6, 2012 in Richmond, Wisconsin. As Americans are heading to the ballots, polls show that U.S. President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney are in a tight race. (Photo by Darren Hauck/Getty Images)

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster has signed a bill to allow all voters in the fall to cast absentee ballots due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The South Carolina House of Representatives passed the bill with a 115 to one vote Tuesday, sending it to the governor’s desk.

The bill is similar to what was signed into law for the June primaries. It would allow every registered voter in the state to vote absentee. Gov. McMaster was joined by members of the General Assembly for a ceremonial bill signing of H. 5305, COVID-19 Absentee Voting Bill on Wednesday at 4 p.m.

The House started a two-week special session Tuesday by debating a bill already passed by the Senate earlier this month to expand voting access. The legislature gaveled in following calls by two separate groups on statehouse grounds that morning: advocates pushing for greater voting protections, and conservative grassroots groups urging leaders to fully reopen the state.

The proposed changes to voting rules fall short of recommendations made by the head of the state Election Commission to legislative leaders in July.

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