How Trump’s Supreme Court pick ruled on SC’s voter ID law

The State,  July 15, 2018

Kavanaugh was the primary author of the opinion, which ultimately upheld the S.C. law. That law, passed by the GOP-controlled Legislature in 2011, required voters to show one of five forms of photo identification before they could vote.

But Kavanaugh’s ruling also held the state to an “expansive ‘reasonable impediment’ provision” that effectively created a loophole for anyone without an ID to give a reason why they couldn’t get one and vote anyway. …

If voters don’t have one of five specified forms of identification — an S.C. driver’s license, another Department of Motor Vehicles-issued ID, a voter registration card with a photo, military ID or passport — they still can vote after filling out an affidavit citing their impediment to getting a photo ID.

By Bristow Marchant

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