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Federal Judges Uphold South Carolina Voter ID Law

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And we have news about one more court decision today. A federal court here in Washington, D.C., has ruled that South Carolina's new voter ID law can go into effect, but not until next year.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

The law requires voters to show government-issued photo ID at the polls. Today, the three-judge panel found that it will not discriminate against minority voters who are less likely to have ID. That is because of one provision in the law. It allows voters without ID to cast a provisional ballot, if they face what's deemed reasonable impediment to getting ID.

SIEGEL: The court says that provision should address concerns that voters will be disenfranchised. It was those concerns that led the Justice Department to block the law from going into effect last year. Today, state officials in South Carolina called the decision a major victory.

CORNISH: But civil rights groups also declared a victory, noting that voters won't have to show a photo ID this year. The court says there's too little time to put the law into effect before November, without causing confusion at the polls.

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