Federal court upholds South Carolina Voter ID law

A U.S. District Court in Washington D.C. on Wednesday upheld a South Carolina law that requires all voters to show a photo identification when they cast their ballots.

The law will not take effect until the 2013 election cycle, meaning even those without a state-issued photo ID can still vote in next month’s race.

The Republican-controlled General Assembly passed the law last year. However, the U.S. Justice Department blocked it from taking effect, arguing that it would disproportionately affect minority voters. Wednesday’s decision removes the hurdle.

“Today’s ruling by the three judge panel is a major victory for South Carolina and its election process,” State Attorney General Alan Wilson said in a statement. ”It affirms our voter ID law is valid and constitutional under the Voting Rights Act. The fact remains, voter ID laws do not discriminate or disenfranchise; they ensure integrity at the ballot box.”

via Federal court upholds Voter ID law, would take effect in 2013.

South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Dick Harpootlan Immediately sent out an email condemning the Law:

I am disappointed in the court’s decision to uphold South Carolina’s Voter ID law.  The South Carolina Democratic Party strongly disagrees with the court’s opinion and is hopeful that the United States Supreme Court will resolve the differences between various Voter ID cases around the country.

Republicans  have spent millions in taxpayer funds on this cure in search of a disease.


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