facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

South Carolina: No racial aim in ID law

Aug. 28, 2012 at 11:33 AM   |   Comments

WASHINGTON, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- The chief authors of South Carolina's voter identification law dispute accusations the statute is intended to suppress black voter turnout.

Republican lawmakers Alan Clemmons and Chip Campsen said their legislation would combat election fraud and is not racially motivated, McClatchy Newspapers reported Tuesday.

The two were questioned in federal court by lawyers from the U.S. Justice Department and civil rights groups who charge the purpose of the law is to suppress the votes of African-Americans who overwhelmingly support Democratic candidates.

Staff attorney Nancy Abudu of the American Civil Liberties Union said requiring voters to show a photo ID "disproportionately impacts minorities, the elderly and other groups."

"We're here to protect people's constitutional right to vote," she said in an ACLU release.

Implementation of the measure, signed into law by Gov. Nikki Haley in May 2011, was blocked by the Justice Department for violating the 1965 Voting Rights Act that requires South Carolina to submit all election changes to federal review.

South Carolina filed suit against the Justice Department for blocking the ID law.

The case is expected to eventually make its way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Topics: Nikki Haley
© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
2014: The Year in Music [PHOTOS]

2014: The Year in Music [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
Madeleine McCann report finds authorities hindered investigation
2
Obama approval rating hits record low in blue California
3
At least 6 dead in Paris apartment explosion
4
Islamic State allegedly beheads second American journalist
5
Mary Landrieu hit with residency, ethics complaints
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback