Oops! DOJ Says South Carolina Voter ID Law Discriminates

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Evidently Eric Holder was not just speechifying when he said the Department of Justice would be looking at Voter ID laws. Last week, South Carolina's draconian and racist Voter ID law discriminates against minority voters.

Via the Washington Post:

In its first decision on the laws, Justice’s Civil Rights Division said South Carolina’s statute is discriminatory because its registered minority voters are nearly 20 percent more likely than whites to lack a state-issued photo ID. Under the 1965 Voting Rights Act, South Carolina is one of a number of states that are required to receive federal “pre-clearance” on voting changes to ensure that they don’t hurt minorities’ political power.

“The absolute number of minority citizens whose exercise of the franchise could be adversely affected by the proposed requirements runs into the tens of thousands,” Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez said in a letter to South Carolina officials.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) called the decision “outrageous” and said she plans to seek “every possible option to get this terrible, clearly political decision overturned so we can protect the integrity of our electoral process and our 10th Amendment rights.”

Awww, Nikki haz a sad. That's too bad, but the South Carolina laws were incredibly draconian, and even when they were challenged, the data they provided to the DOJ excluded over 200,000 voters.

Republican motto: If you can't win elections, steal them.


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