Justice Department rejects S.C. voter ID law

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COLUMBIA — The U.S. Justice Department rejected South Carolina’s voter ID law Friday, saying the new policy doesn’t do enough to ensure that minority voters aren’t discriminated against.

“Until South Carolina succeeds in substantially addressing the racial disparities described above, however, the state cannot meet its burden of proving that, when compared to the benchmark standard, the voter identification requirements proposed ... will not have a retrogressive effect,” Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez wrote Friday in a letter to the office of South Carolina’s attorney general.

The state attorney general said he will fight the department in federal court, and Republican Gov. Nikki Haley said the rejection is more proof President Obama is fighting conservative ideas.

Perez said that non-whites comprise about one-third of South Carolina’s registered voters and also are one-third of the registered voters who don’t have the right ID necessary to vote. Perez says tens of thousands of South Carolina minorities may be unable to cast ballots.

South Carolina’s new voter ID law requires people casting ballots to show poll workers a state-issued driver’s license or ID card; a U.S. military ID or a U.S. passport.

The Justice Department must approve changes to South Carolina’s election laws under the federal Voting Rights Act because of the state’s past failure to protect the voting rights of blacks. Groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union also are challenging it.

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TK3
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TK3 12/23/11 - 06:45 pm
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Jim Crow is long dead but the

Jim Crow is long dead but the Fed/NAACP won't bury him, instead they USE the fear of him for their own underhanded devices.

paulwheeler
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paulwheeler 12/23/11 - 06:50 pm
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In other words, Eric Holder

In other words, Eric Holder is striving to get every vote he can for Obama, regardless of legality.

southern2
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southern2 12/23/11 - 07:54 pm
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To keep our polls honest and

To keep our polls honest and lawful is a reasonable desire for any state. The Justice Dept continues to show themselves in on the corruption we face each election day. Fire Eric Holder NOW!

Chillen
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Chillen 12/23/11 - 09:42 pm
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If you don't even have

If you don't even have identification, you have no business voting. This decision coming from the very administration whose voting base commited voter felony during the 2008 elections.

raul
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raul 12/23/11 - 10:07 pm
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You need a picture i.d. for

You need a picture i.d. for just about any form of transaction, e.g., banking, proof of age, etc. Where is there any undue burdern placed upon minorities by requiring an appropriate i.d. ? I want to hear it. Let's hear from thos who oppose a picture i.d.

wtinney
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wtinney 12/23/11 - 10:08 pm
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Democrats own deviants,

Democrats own deviants, minorities, and voter fraud. They will do whatever they can to protect all of these (for their benefit).

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 12/24/11 - 04:09 am
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Racist to ask for a

Racist to ask for a legitimate photo ID in order to vote.

Acceptable to requrire a letiimate photo ID in order to get a free turkey or toy from the James Brown Thanksgiving / Christmas Give-A-Ways.

This decision is a complete disgrace to legitimate voters of all races.

copperhead
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copperhead 12/24/11 - 05:34 am
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I told y'all this was coming

I told y'all this was coming and y'all said i was paranoid! It's a sad day for LEGAL voters! We have stood by and allowed hissein to put the mechanism in place to "fundamentally" change America! Voting IS fundamental and hussein told us he would do this.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/24/11 - 06:23 am
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I have to show ID to

I have to show ID to vote---drivers lic.--bank--charge-doctors office---mortgages-hookup utilities--almost everything in todays world....what gives here..??

copperhead
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copperhead 12/24/11 - 06:42 am
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It's simple-PADDING THE

It's simple-PADDING THE DEMOCRAT VOTING BLOC! By 20 million

copperhead
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copperhead 12/24/11 - 06:43 am
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It's simple-PADDING THE

It's simple-PADDING THE DEMOCRAT VOTING BLOC! By 20 million

copperhead
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copperhead 12/24/11 - 06:47 am
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Between the black panthers

Between the black panthers overseeing the polls and voter fraud,hussein by a landslide!

copperhead
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copperhead 12/24/11 - 07:18 am
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Where are all the hussein

Where are all the hussein worshippers? Y'all should be cheering-citizenship means even less now. Y'all should also realize that the illegals MIGHT be organized enough to elect their own write-in candidate. Wouldn't it be a hoot if hussein loses to juan?

RoadkiII
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RoadkiII 12/24/11 - 07:47 am
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What it means to be a US

What it means to be a US citizen....... apparently nothing.

copperhead
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copperhead 12/24/11 - 07:58 am
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I.D. To vote?!? We don't need

I.D. To vote?!? We don't need no stinking I.D.!!! We have a god-given right to vote!

copperhead
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copperhead 12/24/11 - 07:59 am
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I.D. To vote?!? We don't need

I.D. To vote?!? We don't need no stinking I.D.!!! We have a god-given right to vote!

madgerman
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madgerman 12/24/11 - 08:18 am
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I guess this means no
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I guess this means no absentee voting will be allowed. After all if you need a picture ID then ??? What about applying for welfare, do you need a picture ID? Heres an idea, make people show a picture ID to use the peach cards and then accept peach card ID for elections.

madgerman
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madgerman 12/24/11 - 08:21 am
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OOPs my mistake. The
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OOPs my mistake. The enforcement of IDs for the peach card would be too much of a hassle for the food stores of corporate america so drop it. I wasn't thinking about the bottom line and the cost to incorporate that into the business model.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 12/24/11 - 08:34 am
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madge, what is a "peach

madge, what is a "peach card"?

drivenslow
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drivenslow 12/24/11 - 11:23 am
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so tell me how do these poor
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so tell me how do these poor people BUY THEIR BEER AND CIGARETTES........you have to have id for that

drivenslow
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drivenslow 12/24/11 - 11:24 am
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and the right to vote IS NOT
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and the right to vote IS NOT God given so please stop that madness

eagle
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eagle 12/24/11 - 03:27 pm
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Chicago politics at it's
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Chicago politics at it's best. Obama will try and win any way he can otherwise he might have to pay for his own vacations!!

specsta
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specsta 12/24/11 - 04:04 pm
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This is an excellent decision

This is an excellent decision by the Justice Department. Republicans are trying every old trick in the book to disenfranchise minority voters. Their attempts to suppress voting rights are pathetic. What's next, a poll tax or a literacy test?

The right - and the ability - to freely vote in any election, without "producing papers" is the fabric that separates the electoral process in the USA from other countries where voting rights violations are rampant. I don't think the Republicans will be happy until only white, wealthy, educated, folks are the only ones deemed worthy of voting.

What are these conservatives so afraid of - losing???

wtinney
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wtinney 12/24/11 - 09:28 pm
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To specsta: why is it

To specsta: why is it everytime democrats do something wrong, that they know is wrong, they quickly lob some charge at republicans to try to stave off or counter their own wrongs. So you ask, "affraid of losing?" Yes, of course, with rigged elections that allow illegals to vote (always democrat), dead people to vote (amazingly, many seemed to change party affiliation in the afterlife - always voting democrat), promoting un-manned voting booths, promoting absentee/anytime voting processes, pre-election day voting periods, seniors being given a scare speech then bused from the assisted living places (always to vote democrat, of course). The laws are on the books that say everyone should meet certain prerequisites to being able to vote. Still, democrats don't want those laws enforced BECAUSE THEY ARE AFFRAID OF LOSING. See, I don't have to even ask the question like specsta above, I know this! We all know that democrats, liberals, socialists, deviants, minorities are affraid of losing. They will block enforcement of laws on everything from gay marriage, illegal immigration, ID confirmation in voting, district mapping (whenever it is republicans writing the districts because they're the majority - if democrats, they (democrats) make gerrymandering little islands with mutliple parts to count for one district - see North Carolina's district map). How can any political group in America be so scummy, so dirty, so outright illegal and get away with it - thereby disenfranchising EVERYBODY else in this country - the true Americans?

howcanweknow
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howcanweknow 12/24/11 - 09:50 pm
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If you are not a citizen you

If you are not a citizen you have no right to vote. If you do not have a valid picture ID (like driver's license), they are easy to obtain. Nothing racist about it at all. Just pure despicable politics and manipulating. Like it was said above, liberals have no problem showing an ID to get a free turkey, but they oppose showing an ID to vote. That is their priorities. Whatever it takes to GIVE ME SOMETHING FOR FREE is all that matters.

JRC2024
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JRC2024 12/25/11 - 10:09 am
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In Richmond County I have to

In Richmond County I have to show an ID to vote. What's the big deal=NOTHING. In my opinion you should not be able to vote if you are on welfare, food stamps or any other kind of government dole because you will not vote for anything or anybody that would reduce or take away from what you get for free. I believe the justice department and specta have it wrong on this one. Correct me if I am wrong but I believe the State of South Carolina said they would give ID's for free so that throws a monkey wrench to the arguement that some cannot afford the ID.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/25/11 - 10:11 am
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You shouldn't be allowed to

You shouldn't be allowed to vote unless you own at least 50 acres of land.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 12/25/11 - 06:41 pm
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JRC2024 posted, “In Richmond

JRC2024 posted, “In Richmond County I have to show an ID to vote.”

Little Lamb responded, “Yes, that is the case for now. But this Justice Department ruling for S.C. sets a precedent that could make other states’ voter I.D. laws null and void.”

But wait — not all states — only those subject the 1965 voting rights act. What is that, maybe 12 states? So you might have to show a legitimate picture I.D. in Indiana or Iowa; but in Georgia or South Carolina, the picture I.D. is illegal and racist.

Something is wrong, wrong, seriously wrong with Holder and the U.S. Justice Department. We must clean house in November, 2012, and send SMCICBHO back to Illinois (or Hawaii or Indonesia or Kenya or wherever).

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