State Attorney General Alan Wilson welcomed the U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning a major part of the Voting Rights Act. Wilson called the sections in question “an extraordinary intrusion into state sovereignty in certain states, including South Carolina. Over time, great strides have been made and Sections 4 and 5 have become obsolete.”
Wilson said the law’s formula is 50 years old: “We need to have a law that is updated and treats South Carolina the way South Carolina is in 2013, not how we were in 1965.”
“This is a victory for all voters as all states can now act equally without some having to ask for permission or being required to jump through the extraordinary hoops demanded by federal bureaucracy,” Wilson reacted.
Wilson won a suit against the U.S. Department of Justice over South Carolina’s voter ID law in 2011.
“The Justice Department denied preclearance. South Carolina had to defend the law, which, by the way, was based on other states which had passed theirs all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and had been passed in other preclearance states, where it was upheld by the federal courts, so it was a good law,” Wilson said. “We spent $3 million defending a law that should never have had to have been defended.”
“All I am saying is that you have got to treat all 50 states equally and Section 4 and Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act were antiquated in that regard,” said Wilson.