NAACP Statement Regarding the DOJ’s Rejection of South Carolina Voter ID LawDecember 23, 2011
(Baltimore, MD) – The NAACP has released the following statement regarding The U.S. Department of Justice’s rejection of South Carolina’s voter ID law.
“The purpose of the Voting Rights Act is to ensure our elections are free and fair. The impact of this law would have taken South Carolina back to a place where its elections were neither. The Department of Justice’s decision ensures all eligible South Carolinians will have access to the ballot box in 2012 and beyond. South Carolina’s voter ID law was little more than a 21st Century poll tax. While the ID may have been free, the underlying documents were not. For many rural and poor South Carolinians, such as those born to midwives that could not ensure they received birth certificates, getting the necessary documents to vote was extremely complex and cost prohibitive. While some may quibble over the intent, there is no doubt the effect of this law would disproportionately block black South Carolinians from voting.”
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.