The Justice Department wants more information about South Carolina’s new voter ID law, which was signed by Gov. Nikki Haley (R) in May. Under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, South Carolina is required to have changes to the state’s voting laws precleared by federal authorities or by a federal court to insure they’re not discriminatory.
A letter from the Voting Section of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division asks South Carolina for more information about their voter ID law and lays out eight questions about how it will be implemented.
The law requires voters to show a driver’s license, military identification or passport as well as their voter registration card at the polls. Monday marked the end of the 60-day review period for the new law.
A coalition of voting rights groups wrote the Justice Department earlier this month to ask it to oppose South Carolina’s law.
“South Carolina clearly has not satisfied its burden in showing that its photo voter identification law is neither retrogressive nor discriminatory in its purpose,” they wrote.