Questions on Federal Opposition to SC Voter ID Law

   The new South Carolina Voter ID law was passed last year but did not go into effect for the fall’s General Election. It will be in effect in a few weeks for the upcoming municipal elections in Clinton and other local towns this spring.

  U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and U.S. Congressman Trey Gowdy of South Carolina’s 4th District sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder yesterday renewing their request for documents pertaining to the Justice Department’s costly opposition to South Carolina’s Voter ID law.

  Last Friday, the Washington, D.C. District Court issued a unanimous decision awarding South Carolina certain litigation costs incurred while defending its Voter ID law against a Justice Department challenge.  The case cost the State of South Carolina an estimated $3.5 million.  

   The statement from Senator Graham and Congressman Gowdy stated “Not only do we strongly support the Court’s decision to award costs, we request follow up on our previous letter regarding the reasons why this costly litigation occurred in the first place.” They continued “If some, or all, of the costs associated with these actions could have been avoided by following the recommendation of career Voting Section experts, then we would like to know the reason why they were overruled.”