SC Judges Uphold Voter ID Law, but Delay It Til 2013

Law does not discriminate against African Americans

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Oct 10, 2012 12:52 PM CDT

(Newser) – A panel of three federal judges in Washington has upheld South Carolina's voter identification law, but says the state cannot put it in practice until 2013. The judges say in their unanimous ruling that time is too short to put the law in effect ahead of the Nov. 6 elections, but they also say the law—which requires those wanting to vote in South Carolina to show one of five types of photo identification—does not discriminate or wipe out voting rights gains of African Americans. A Pennsylvania judge recently blocked that state's voter ID law.

A poll worker checks the identification of a voter in Lawrence, Kan., Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012.
A poll worker checks the identification of a voter in Lawrence, Kan., Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012.   (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
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