South Carolina voter ID law gets judges' scrutiny

South Carolina voter ID law gets judges' scrutiny

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on September 24, 2012 at 7:19 AM

Updated Monday, Sep 24 at 6:05 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal judges are questioning whether South Carolina can wait until 2014 to put its new voter ID law into effect. 

A three-judge panel raised the question Monday as an attorney for South Carolina delivered closing arguments in a trial over whether the state's new voter ID law is discriminatory.  

The attorney urged the judges to allow the law to be implemented in time for the Nov. 6 election. He said voters who don't have the required photo ID would be allowed to cast provisional ballots. 

South Carolina went to court after the Department of Justice blocked the law, saying it diminishes minorities' voting rights. South Carolina is required to get federal approval for the law because of its history of discrimination against minority voters.  

State Representative Ralph Norman said the Voter I.D. is about preventing voter fraud.  He acknowledged there is no proof voter fraud is happening in South Carolina, but also said there is no way to prove it is not. 

"It's just a small percentage of people affected right now," said Norman," they can get an I.D.  Think of all the good this will do."

Rock Hill NAACP President Melvin Poole believes the law should be struck down all together. 

"They didn't want to pass this law until they saw the 2008 election results. This is just a way to keep the colored people from voting," said Poole.

A decision is expected next month.
 

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