A coalition of six S.C. groups took steps Friday to stop a new state law requiring voters to present a picture ID to cast a ballot at the polls. In past elections voters could present their voter registration cards at the poll which do not include a photo.
The groups argue the new law is discriminatory and should be blocked. A letter was sent to the U.S. Justice Department by the groups which include the ACLU and the League of Women Voters of South Carolina. They said African-Americans are less likely than whites to have a driver’s license or other state-issued identification, as required by the law.
According to 2010 State Election Commission data, about 178,000 S.C. voters do not have photo IDs, such as a valid S.C. driver’s license, and would be affected by the new state law requiring voters present one in order to vote.