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S.C. Democrats file objection to Voter ID law

Aug 26, 2011 1:14:00 PM - thestate.com
The S.C. Democratic Caucus has filed an objection with the U.S. Department of Justice against South Carolina’s new voter ID law.

“The 2008 general election was historic because it was the first election in which African-American voters in South Carolina voted in greater proportion than white voters,” State Sen. Gerald Malloy, D-Darlington, wrote in a letter dated yesterday addressed to the chief of the voting section of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. “In response to this ... the overwhelmingly white Republican leadership in the General Assembly pushed and passed a bill requiring in-person voters not only have to show a ‘valid and current’ photo identification but also have their face compared to the photo every time they vote in person.”

Malloy said the bill discriminates against minorities, for several reasons:

• Minority voters are more likely to not have a photo ID, according to data from the S.C. election commission.

• Blacks in South Carolina, the state’s largest racial minority, “have a much higher incidence of poverty and lack of access to transportation,” making it difficult for them to obtain a photo ID

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