Federal court’s ruling against North Carolina’s voter ID laws have no implications in S.C.

POST AND COURIER, 29 JULY 2016, FEAT. PROFESSOR BOB BOCKMAN:

A federal appeals court on Friday blocked a North Carolina law that requires photo identification when voting in person. Justices said it was enacted with discriminatory intent, but their ruling will have no implications on South Carolina voters.

The voter identification law implemented in South Carolina in 2013 already has been amended by the court to require the state to accept almost any “reasonable impediment” that voters offered as a reason why they didn’t have ID.

“A federal court has already upheld South Carolina’s voter ID law, and it has since been implemented effectively,” said Hayley Thrift, spokeswoman for the S.C. Attorney General’s Office. “The Attorney General’s Office successfully defended our law in 2012 as it was passed by the General Assembly and signed by Governor Haley. Our law remains valid and in effect.”

University of South Carolina School of Law professor Bob Bockman agreed that the state’s law would remain intact unless there were new developments.

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