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  •  South Carolina trial in Dc ending today (2+ / 0-)
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    Not totally ending as closing arguments remain (9/24);
    the case seems to AP comparable to TX, and like Pa, there is a legislator's racist email--the sponsor of the bill no less.

    On Thursday, the panel of the U.S. District Court in Washington asked South Carolina to provide more information about how the state would implement the "reasonable impediment" provision.

    Marci Andino, executive director of the state election commission, said voters who could not produce any of the five IDs would be asked if they had a reasonable impediment and asked to sign an affidavit that would be notarized at the polls.

    Opponents' lawyers tried to show that the law is vague and gives a lot of leeway to 46 county boards to decide separately what qualifies as a reasonable impediment. Andino said the poll managers would likely err on the side of the voter but also acknowledged that the counties would have discretion to decide whether they had grounds to believe a claim was false.

    In the end, the court must decide whether South Carolina's law creates such a burden on minorities that it causes them not to exercise their right to vote.

    South Carolina's population is 64 percent white, 28 percent African American and 5 percent Hispanic. More importantly, state election data given to lawmakers before they wrote the law showed 30 percent of registered white voters lacked photo IDs, compared to 36 percent of minority voters.

    AP story via San Jose paper

    "Are you bluish? You don't look bluish," attributed to poet Roger Joseph McGough, for the Beatles' Yellow Submarine (1968).

    by BlueStateRedhead on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 11:33:26 AM PDT

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