Gov. Nikki Haley showed solidarity with House and Senate Republicans today by announcing that the state would defend its new Voter ID law in federal court.
The U.S. Department of Justice has reviewed and blocked the law, saying it suppresses voters in the Palmetto State by requiring a state-issued photo ID, instead of the current registration card.
State Attorney General Alan Wilson, House Speaker Bobby Harrell (R-Charleston) and Sen. Kevin Bryant (R-Anderson) spoke at Tuesday’s press conference to announce the lawsuit.
AUDIO: Tuesday’s press conference (13:00)
Senator Gerald Malloy (D-Darlington) opposed the bill’s final version, after working out a compromise in the Senate. He says the governor’s argument is flawed and that taking the Justice Department to court will get expensive.
AUDIO: Malloy responds to Haley’s announcement