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SC voter ID law hits some black precincts harder

Analysis: Pockets of South Carolina minorities disproportionately hit by state voter ID law By The Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) ' According to an analysis by The Associated Press, South Carolina's new voter photo identification law appears to be disproportionately affecting minority voters in one of the state's largest counties and black precincts elsewhere.

For instance, nearly half the voters who cast ballots at a historically black college in Columbia lack state-issued photo identification and could face problems voting in next year's presidential election.

In surrounding Richland County, the state's second-most populous county, the percentage of minority voters without the IDs is also higher than what it is statewide. The same is true for majority-black Orangeburg County.



State Democratic Party Chairman Dick Harpootlian says huge groups of people are being disenfranchised.

State Election Commission spokesman Chris Whitmire says the numbers show there is work ahead for the state.


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