South Carolina to challenge DOJ over voter ID

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January 16, 2012

On December 23, 2011, the US Department of Justice rejected South Carolina's new voter identification law. The law, subject to DOJ review under the Voting Rights Act, was blocked on the grounds that it would disenfranchise minority voters.[1]

However, on January 10, 2012, South Carolina officials announced plans to defend the law. State Attorney General Alan Wilson says he will challenge the law in the US District Court for DC. Gov. Nikki Haley (R) defended the law, noting that the administration has attempted to coordinate transportation for people in need of free, state-issued IDs. However, opponents say the efforts were trivial and fail to address the underlying problems facing disadvantaged voters.[2]

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