UPDATED 12:40 PM EDT Oct 10, 2012
A new South Carolina law that generally requires voters to show photo identification does not discriminate against racial minorities and can go into effect beginning in 2013, a federal court ruled on Wednesday, according to SC Attorney Alan Wilson.
Wilson issued the following statement in response to the United States District Court for the District of Columbia’s ruling in South Carolina v. United States.
“Today’s ruling by the three judge panel is a major victory for South Carolina and its election process. It affirms our voter ID law is valid and constitutional under the Voting Rights Act. The fact remains, voter ID laws do not discriminate or disenfranchise; they ensure integrity at the ballot box.
“This ruling also affirms South Carolina’s voter ID law should have been pre-cleared by the U.S. Justice Department.
“We will work diligently to implement this law for all future elections.”