ACLU intervenes to block South Carolina’s voter ID law

The ACLU has filed a motion to intervene in a federal case involving South Carolina’s voter ID law:

Today marked the first of five days of scheduled testimony in South Carolina v. Holder at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The ACLU intervened in the case in order to represent impacted voters and groups and help protect the right to vote.

Under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, states with a history of discriminatory voting laws – including South Carolina – must have changes to their voting laws approved, or precleared, by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) or the federal district court in Washington. The ACLU submitted two comment letters to DOJ opposing preclearance of South Carolina’s law, Act R54. DOJ blocked the law in December and on Feb. 7, South Carolina took the issue to court. The ACLU and its affiliates have also intervened in a voter ID case in Texas, and filed lawsuits over discriminatory laws in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.


See, also, ACLU motion to intervene.

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