State Voter I.D. Law Approved

South Carolina’s Voter ID law has been approved by court review. The United States District Court has ruled in favor of the South Carolina’s Voter ID law. South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson issued a statement yesterday in response to the United States District Court for the District of Columbia’s ruling in South Carolina vs. United States on the state’s voter ID case. Wilson said “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. Wilson added that the ruling “also affirms South Carolina’s voter ID law should have been pre-cleared by the U.S. Justice Department.” Wilson added “We will work diligently to implement this law for all future elections.” As for concern about the upcoming General Elections – relax. South Carolina’s voter ID will take effect starting with elections in 2013. Laurens County Elections Director Lynn West tells WLBG the new law will go into effect for Laurens county with municipal elections next March, which will be held in the City of Clinton, Gray Court, Waterloo, and Cross Hill.