Columbia, SC (WLTX, AP) -- The South Carolina House of Representatives has moved along a bill that would bring early voting to the state.
Wednesday a full Senate committee passed its own early voting bill.
The House version is a bit different.
Rep. Alan Clemmons, the bill's sponsor, says it would allow for seven days of early voting, but it would also get rid of the month-long in-person absentee process. The paper absentee ballots would remain.
He says the no-excuse early voting period would include two Saturdays and require one center for the advanced voting in each county.
The bill would also set a quarterly election system to consolidate elections into set set times each year.
Clemmons says his bill would also prevent what is called fusion voting, or electoral fusion. He says this would stop candidates for running for office under multiple parties.
Under his legislation, the construction of a ballot would be based on a candidates name, not his or her political party.
Clemmons, who in the past has opposed early voting, says he is now willing to back it.
"I've been involved in debate on this issue, I've listened to all sides and I'm willing to move on it. That movement is conditioned upon keeping our paper ballot process in place for absentee and making that our sole absentee vehicle in South Carolina. But then adding to that the ability for any excuse, or no excuse, to be able to come in for a short period of time and come in a vote," he said.
The House version of early voting still needs to receive approval from the full judiciary committee before heading to the House floor.
The Senate bill has already completed the Senate committee process and will likely head to the senate floor in the next few weeks.