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Justice Department Blocks South Carolina's Discriminatory Voter ID Law

 
 
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Tough week for Nikki Haley, South Carolina's far-right governor. Yesterday, a federal judge handed down an injunction blocking several key provisions in the state's immigration law, and today the DOJ delivered another blow to her agenda.

TPM:  

The U.S. Department of Justice will block the voter ID provisions of an election law passed in South Carolina earlier this year because the state’s own statistics demonstrated that the photo identification requirement would have a much greater impact on non-white residents, DOJ said in a letter to the state on Friday.

The decision places the federal government squarely in opposition to the types of voter ID requirements that have swept through mostly Republican-controlled state legislatures.

Officials in DOJ’s Civil Rights Division found a significant racial disparity in the data provided by South Carolina, which must have changes to its election laws precleared under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, because of past history of discrimination. The data demonstrated that registered non-white voters were 20 percent more likely than white voters to lack the specific type of photo identification required to exercise their constitutional rights, according to a letter sent to South Carolina and obtained by TPM.

Read the rest here.

AlterNet / By Joshua Holland

Posted at December 23, 2011, 10:59am

 
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