Justice Dept. knocks down SC voter ID law

It’s good to see that Attorney General Holder has managed to find something worthwhile to do rather than sucking up to the recording industry. This is what Democratic voters want to see from the Justice Department. Now onto the other states with similar racist laws.

Republican Gov. Nikki Haley in May signed into law a measure that says voters must show a driver’s license, passport or military identification along with their voter registration card in order to vote. Under the law, anyone who wants to vote but does not have a photo identification must obtain a new voter registration card that includes a photo. A birth certificate or passport can be used to prove identity. The Justice Department said the requirement could harm the right to vote of tens of thousands of people, noting that just over a third of the state’s minorities who are registered voters did not have a driver’s license needed to cast a ballot.

Just in case you were wondering how the Justice Department has the power to block South Carolina’s new law:

Under the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act, certain states like South Carolina must seek approval from the Justice Department or the federal courts for changes made to state voting laws and boundaries for voting districts.

That’s because certain states have historically been a bit too comfortable with racism. And it looks like certain states, and certain political parties, still are.


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