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Wed Oct 10, 2012, 07:22 PM Oct 2012

SC voter ID law blocked... temporarily, but at least it'll be blocked for this election! [View all]


A federal court in Washington today blocked South Carolina’s Voter ID law from going into effect for the 2012 elections, but said it could go into effect for future elections.

Under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, South Carolina — because it has a history of discrimination — had to get approval for the law from federal officials in Washington DC.

A three judge panel of federal judges unanimously said today that it couldn’t pre-clear the law “given the short time left before the 2012 elections,” but said that the law was not enacted for a “discriminatory purpose” and could go into effect “beginning with any elections in 2013.”

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson said the ruling is a “major victory” for South Carolina. “It affirms our voter ID law is valid and constitutional under the Voting Rights Act,” Wilson said. He said that the law does not discriminate and he would “work diligently to implement this law for all future elections.”
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