South Carolina Voter ID Law Ruled Discriminatory By Justice Department

Posted by | December 23, 2011 21:34 | Filed under: Top Stories

The Justice Department has ruled that South Carolina’s voter ID law requiring photo ID’s at the polls would “significantly” burden non-white voters.

Democrats sent out a fundraising letter Dec. 16 that asked supporters to donate to the party to help push back against Republican efforts to suppress voters through the new laws. Reince Priebus, the Republican Party chairman, responded by criticizing Democrats for what he termed “extreme rhetoric” on the issue.

South Carolina’s law, which [Governor Nikki] Haley signed into law in May, requires voters to show government-issued photo ID.

Non-white voters would be “significantly burdened” by the law’s requirements and “disproportionately unlikely to possess” the necessary identification, said Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez, who oversees the Justice Department’s civil rights division, in the letter today.

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