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Fed decision due for SC's new voter photo ID law

Aug 28, 2011 2:49:00 PM - thestate.com
A decision could come as early as Monday from the U.S. Justice Department on whether voters will have to show state or federal photographic identification for the first time when they vote in South Carolina elections.

Monday marks the end of a 60 day review period for the new law, said Chris Whitmire, spokesman for the state Election Commission.

"We expect to hear something by Monday," Whitmire said.

That word could mean approval, rejection or that the Justice Department has more questions and will take more time to review the law. South Carolina's history of voting rights violations require federal oversight of election law changes, including requiring voters to show photographic identification.

The new law requires voters to show a South Carolina driver's license or state-issued ID card; a new state voter registration card with a photo; a federal military ID or a passport. People who lack those photo IDs will be able to cast a provisional ballot, but will have to produce the ID within three days for those votes to count.

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