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South Carolina AG applauds voting rights decision

COLUMBIA (AP) — South Carolina’s top prosecutor says the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to halt the use of a key Voting Rights Act provision means states will be treated more equally.

Attorney General Alan Wilson said Tuesday the court’s ruling means states can implement laws like those requiring voters to have certain forms of identification without having to ask the federal government for permission.

The Supreme Court said the Voting Rights Act that requires federal monitoring of election laws in some states cannot be enforced until Congress updates its formula for determining what areas should be subjected to it.

Wilson sued the federal government after the U.S. Department of Justice rejected South Carolina’s voter ID law in 2011. A panel of federal judges upheld the law last October.


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