Voter ID effective next year

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson

The S.C. Attorney General, Alan Wilson, said today the state’s voter ID law will take effect starting with elections next year, in 2013. Wilson reacted to a federal court ruling in the case South Carolina v. United States, the state’s voter ID case. Wilson released this statement: “Today’s ruling by the three judge panel is a major victory for South Carolina and its election process. It affirms our voter ID law is valid and constitutional under the Voting Rights Act. The fact remains, voter ID laws do not discriminate or disenfranchise; they ensure integrity at the ballot box. This ruling also affirms South Carolina’s voter ID law should have been pre-cleared by the U.S. Justice Department. We will work diligently to implement this law for all future elections.”