Department of Justice rejects South Carolina’s voter ID law

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) rejected South Carolina’s law requiring voters to provide photo identification in order to cast a vote. DOJ decided that, based on data provided by South Carolina, the law would discriminate against minority voters. Several other states passed voter ID laws in 2011 to fight voter fraud. In its decision, DOJ said that SC failed to include any evidence of voter fraud that was not addressed by current state laws. DOJ is reviewing the voter ID law passed by Texas and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a lawsuit concerning Wisconsin’s law.

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