3-judge panel rules in favor of photo ID law in South Carolina
October 10th, 2012
01:16 PM ET
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3-judge panel rules in favor of photo ID law in South Carolina

Washington (CNN) - A federal court panel in Washington Wednesday ruled in favor of South Carolina's voter photo ID law, but said it cannot go into effect until next year because there's too little time to implement the new law for this November's election.

The three-judge panel said South Carolina's law does not discriminate against racial minorities as the Justice Department and other opponents had argued.


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    I agree with this court's decision. You can't change the rules of the game in the middle of the game.

    October 10, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  2. gt

    dont have a photo id....do you have a radio...or this great new device a televsion....please....you dont deserve to vote....

    October 10, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    The ruling is in large part a result of SC using administrative rulings and regs to vastly attenuate the effect the law would have on minorities and the poor, all in order to help it pass muster in court. The judges were ruling on a law that looked extremely different from the one as written when it was passed. Regardless, the ruling states that that the law cannot go into effect for 2012, so better luck suppressing turnout next time, GOPers/Teatrolls.

    October 10, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  4. Bessy

    I can live with that. Most of these states that wanted a voter ID law wanted it in time to stop folks from voting in this election. Actually , I think it would be a good idea for every citizen of the US to have photo ID, but, everyone should be given a certain date that they have to have it by. Not the way the Republicans are trying to push it through so that folks cannot vote in this coming election. Maybe 1 or 2 years.

    October 10, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  5. matt

    fine make it next year...just put SOMETHING in place. God forbid anyone should have to prove who they are (oh no..can't have that).

    October 10, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  6. Larry L

    Republicans need to look at themselves and determine their personal level of honesty. How many people can look at the process of increased voter requirements and reduced voting opportunities as a sincere effort to reduce voter fraud? Voter fraud absolutely no has been shown to be a problem. Conversely, efforts to increase the difficulty of voting and the reduce early voting opportunities has been very strongly related to suppression of votes from populations most likely to vote for the Democrats – minorities, the elderly and the poor. Are Republicans willing to move towards a more fascist form of government to win elections? Are they now fighting against democracy?

    October 10, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  7. LegalizeReason

    Photo id's sound a lot like fascism. It look's like your papers will have to be in order to walk the streets of South Carolina

    October 10, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  8. Borderless

    Score one for common sense.

    October 10, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "God forbid anyone should have to prove who they are "

    God forbid you admit that there's ZERO evidence of in-person voter fraud being a widespread and pervasive problem.

    Fact is, it's not, and the evidence shows it's not and voter IDs would only fix in-person voter fraud....so it's quite objectively clear that this is an effort to apply a solution to a non-existent problem. Now, one might ask why the GOP/Teastrolls haven't shown any concern about other forms of voter fraud that would be easier to pull off (but are similarly without evidence of their pervasiveness), such as mail-in voting. Oh yeah, mail-in tends to favor GOPers....gee, wonder why that somehow got left out of their hissy fits.

    October 10, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  10. Lisa

    I do agree with S. Carolina holding off on "limiting" acceptable photo documents for the next election. However I do agree some proof of citizenship is necessary; there are other types of ID that can prove one's citizenship ( ex: previous voter card, DD-214, passport, birth certificate, Social security/Medicare qualification or SSN card etc.) that should be shown during THIS election cycle.
    I am also concerned with voter fraud perpetrated by both campaigns & their dishonest approach to gaining votes. A Romney volunteer stopped by my home yesterday and asked me which ticket I'd be voting if the election were held today? I answered Obama/Biden, then he had the nerve to ask if I wanted an Absentee ballot? I wonder how many people dropped their guard and handed him an absentee ballot not realizing those forms are prefilled with the opposing candidate's name? Voter suppression, no matter which side does it, is just wrong.

    October 10, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  11. 4moreyears

    I am trying to understand why South Carolina feels the need to have this law. I think the Republican forgot that it's a Red State. Always has been, always will be. Those people still have confederate flags flying down there and they celebrate confederates day every year as a national state holiday. So again they need this law because??? SMDH

    October 10, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  12. GI Joe

    Next year is fine. Plenty of time for everyone.

    Ohio still trying to push cut-off dates for early votng with 2 weeks notice. Of course the head of elections there is REPUBLICAN.

    October 10, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "So again they need this law because??? "

    Because the minority population is growing faster than the white population. Have you not been paying ANY attention?

    Understand this: as far as the GOP/Teatrolls are concerned, if their state is turning browner, their state is turning purple...and that sends all sorts of panic signals through their tinfoil hats.

    October 10, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |