Commentary

South Carolina Primary May Wake The Dead

By Eric Scheiner | January 19, 2012 | 5:29pm EST

South Carolina has a voter ID dispute that arrived just in time for it's primary.

At the end of December the state received notification that the Justice Department was rejecting South Carolina’s law requiring voters to show photo ID before casting their ballots.

The department claims the law makes it harder for minorities to vote.

Republican Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina disagrees, she says she will fight the Obama administration on their decision. She maintains photo ID will help prevent voter fraud in her state.

According to South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson, the State Election Commission reported 239,000 people were registered to vote without photo ID. Through an audit by the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles it was discovered 37,000 on the list were deceased and 96,000 had moved to other states.

Despite that news, Democrats have been critical of the South Carolina voter ID law as well as voter ID efforts in other states.

“Republicans clearly want to shrink who is going to the polls because they know they can’t win elections on the merits,” Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz told MSNBC late last month.

The DNC recently launched a website criticizing states across the nation that are proposing new voter laws, especially those that focus on voter ID.

One of the states criticized is Texas, which accepts a gun permit as proper identification at the polls but not a student ID.

The website never mentions the fingerprinting, criminal background check or extensive employment and residence record needed to obtain a concealed carry permit in Texas.

The DNC supported website also fails to mention the dead that would have to be stirred in South Carolina in order to get all those on the voter rolls out to the polls.

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