South Carolina Sues Department of Justice Over Voter ID Law

On Tuesday, February 7th, South Carolina Attorney General, Alan Wilson, sued United States Attorney General, Eric Holder, and the Department of Justice, in the District Court of the District of Columbia, asking the court to allow enforcement of the South Carolina Voter ID law.  In December of 2011, the Department of Justice refused, via authority from the Voting Rights Act, to allow South Carolina to enforce its recently enacted Voter ID law which requires the display of photo IDs by voters.    In the suit, Wilson asked the court to convene a three judge panel and declare that the law  will “neither have the purpose nor will have the effect of abridging the right to vote on account of race, color or membership in a language minority….”

About Lisa Smith-Butler

Associate Professor of Law Charleston School of Law 385 Meeting St., Suite 322B Charleston, S.C. 29403 843.377.2144
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