Federal court upholds SC voter ID law

by: Alan Cavanna Updated:

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SOUTH CAROLINA —

A federal court upheld South Carolinian's voter ID law, but it will not take effect before November's election.

Judges ruled the law is legal, but can't begin until next year.

The law requires voters to show a photo ID at the polls.

If they can't, they must sign an affidavit stating why they do not have one.

Opponents call the law political, and a way to keep poor, elderly and minority voters from the polls.

"Everybody should be able to vote," Rock Hill NAACP President Melvin Poole said. "We should be finding ways where more people can vote, rather than fewer people."

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson issued a statement saying: "Today's ruling by the three judge panel is a major victory for South Carolina and its election process.

The fact remains, voter ID laws do not discriminate or disenfranchise; they ensure integrity at the ballot box."