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Federal agency asks for more info on state‘s voter ID law (access required)

COLUMBIA (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department has requested more information before deciding if South Carolina can proceed with its law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls. The agency doesn’t have enough information to determine whether the proposed changes are meant to — or have the effect of — “denying or abridging the right to vote on account of race, color, or membership in a language minority group,” Christian Herren, voting section chief of the agency’s civil rights division, wrote in the letter sent to the attorney general’s office last week. “Thus, additional information is necessary so that we may complete our review.”

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