The League of Women Voters of South Carolina has been concerned about the state’s photo voter ID bill since it appeared in the General Assembly, but it was not until Gov. Nikki Haley signed the bill into law May 18 that the league acted.
The league is a defendant in South Carolina’s
lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice,
supporting the federal government’s claim that the
law will negatively impact
“The league believes that voting is a fundamental
right, and the government depends on
all citizens being informed,” said Barbara Zia, president of the South Carolina League of Women Voters. “We feel, and we have made this case to the court, that [our] mission of engaging citizens in our democracy would be impacted if this law were [upheld].”
The case will be argued in September before by a
federal court in Washington, D.C, but
Zia said her group is encouraging residents to obtain a photo ID, just in case.
“This barrage of legislative measures to restrict
voting will definitely have an impact
on voter access and we feel government should be in the business of increasing citizen
participation in our nation’s democratic process, rather than decreases,” she said. “We
don’t want to go back to the old days we remember in the South of voting restrictions.
“This is a step backwards.”
By Caitlin O’Donnell, News21