Attorney General Allen Wilson says the state will take its fight to federal court, to allow the enactment of a new voter ID law.
Last week, the U.S. Justice Department rejected the law which requires voters to show state-issued photo IDs. Critics of the law say that it instantly disqualified thousands of voters in South Carolina, who had registration cards instead.
Wilson appeared on national FOX news. He argues that people are required to use photo ID’s all the time.
“It is no more discriminatory to require a senior citizen or a white person or black person or any color person to provide a basic photo identification to get prescription medication,” says Wilson. “In our law, the person can show up to the polling place the day of the election, they can basically sign an affidavit stating they had a reasonable impediment why they didn’t have a photo ID, the presumption is against the state. Their vote will be counted.”
The Justice Department says South Carolina’s law discriminates against those who might not be able to easily get a new ID. According to the federal Voting Rights Act, the state’s history of civil rights violations calls for the state to get preclearance on any new laws that change voting procedures.