A South Carolina new voter I.D. law that was signed by Governor Nikki Haley is receiving quite a bit of criticism from the NAACP. The civil rights group met this week in Charleston to discuss the disadvantages of the new law.
“In America we should be trying to include people in the voting process. This bill excludes people. It reminds us of the bad days of old when people had to say how many dogs–how far can a dog run in the woods, how many bubbles in a bar of soap–all the things that were done to exclude people, particularly African Americans at the time from voting,” says Reverend Nelson Rivers.
Rivers, with the NAACP, told ABC News the new voter ID law will only discourage voters who can’t afford an ID. However, Charleston Representative Chip Limehouse defends the new law–
“What we’re doing is protecting the sanctity of the ballot box in South Carolina by requiring a simple identification just as if you were getting prescription drugs or just as if you were trying to get on an airplane,” says Limehouse.
The law requires all voters to show either a driver’s license, a military ID, or a passport–along with their voter registration card.