The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People wants to get involved in a federal lawsuit over South Carolina’s voter ID law, saying it could keep black college students from voting.
The NAACP represents five black students at Columbia’s Benedict College. Last week, the civil rights group wrote to a three-judge panel that those students wouldn’t be able to vote in the November election under the law because they couldn’t use school-issued ID cards at the polls, as they have in the past. Under the new law, those same students would need a driver’s license or other government-issued ID to cast a ballot.
If implemented, the law also would make it harder for the state NAACP chapter to register new voters and make voting more accessible for its members, the group said.
The Justice Department blocked the law in December, saying it could keep tens of thousands of the state’s minorities from casting their ballots.
Passed by a Republican-controlled Legislature and signed by GOP Gov. Nikki Haley, the law also required the state Department of Motor Vehicles to issue a free state-issued photo ID to voters lacking that identification.
S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson is suing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, arguing the law is not discriminatory and is similar to an Indiana law that has been upheld.
The NAACP is the third group to seek permission to get involved in the case on the side of the federal government. A scheduling conference in the case is set for April 13 in Washington, where the case is filed.
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Gov. Nikki Haley’s public schedule for this week, as announced by her staff, is:
Saturday, 7 p.m.: Attend the Family Circle Cup’s 40th-year celebration, Daniel Island
What the governor did last week
According to her office, Gov. Haley’s schedule for last week included:
12 – Media events, eight TV interviews, three newspaper interviews and a magazine interview
5 each – Economic development meetings or calls, including a groundbreaking at Continental Tires in Sumter; speeches, to the Construction Network of the Carolinas in North Charleston, to the Office of Small and Minority Business Assistance’s trade fair in Columbia, to Shaw Air Force Base’s women’s history luncheon in Sumter, to a Fort Jackson basic-training graduation, and to an Association of U.S. Army luncheon, both in Columbia
2 each – Policy meetings; meetings concerning state agencies, including one in Marion; visits with K-12 students, to Sullivan’s Island Elementary and with students from Walhalla’s James M. Brown Elementary who were at the State House; and ceremonial activities, hosting the annual Easter egg hunt at the Governor’s Mansion and taking part in the Historic Preservation Awards at the State House
1 each – Meeting with a constituent; and a call to a local official
Busiest day – Tuesday, with nine activities
Slowest day – Wednesday, with three activities
Of note – Haley also had one activity – a TV interview – on Saturday