Black Lawmakers Push Back on SC Voter ID Bill

April 27, 2011  |  

( — African-American lawmakers, upset about the near-inevitability of passage of a bill to require South Carolinians to show a photo ID at the polls, renewed their efforts Tuesday to brand the proposal an effort to suppress turnout by black and poor voters, urging the U.S. Justice Department to intervene.  Black Legislative Caucus members held a State House press conference, minutes before the House of Representatives took up the controversial measure, a Republican priority, and, ultimately, passed it. The bill now heads to the GOP-controlled Senate. If it passes there, it lacks only the governor’s signature to become law. Gov. Nikki Haley, also a Republican, has said she favors the proposal.

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