A sign is seen leading to a polling place at Powdersville Middle School in Greenville, South Carolina January 21, 2012. REUTERS/Eric Thayer
Court clears South Carolina voter ID law for 2013
Posted : Wednesday, 10 October 2012 12:10PM
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A new South Carolina law that generally requires voters to show photo identification does not discriminate against racial minorities and can go into effect beginning in 2013, a federal court ruled on Wednesday.
The U.S. District Court three-judge panel said too little time remains before the November 6 elections for president and other offices for state officials to implement the law this year.
The U.S. Justice Department opposed the law, arguing it ran afoul of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, a landmark of the U.S. civil rights movement.
(Reporting by David Ingram; Editing by Doina Chiacu)
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