SC Voter ID Law Shadows Republican Primary

Jan 20, 2012


As South Carolina gears up for its Republican Primary tomorrow, the shadow of a new voter ID law hangs over the state. 

Last May, Governor Nikki Haley signed a law requiring voters to present a photo ID at the polls. WHQR's Sara Wood reports that due to provisions in the 1965 Voting Rights Act, South Carolina is one of nine states requiring Federal approval of any changes to voting laws.

The Department of Justice rejected the state’s law in December. Nancy Abudu with the American Civil Liberties Union says this law discriminates against minorities who are 20 percent more likely than whites to lack a photo ID.

Proponents say the law was created to prevent voter fraud and South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson says this issue is not over and is considering a complaint against the DOJ in Federal Court.