President Trump's SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh helped shape SC voter ID law

WCSC,  July 11, 2018

When he was a U.S. Court of Appeals judge for the Washington D.C. Circuit in 2012, Kavanaugh was part of a three-judge panel which upheld the law signed by then Gov. Nikki Haley in May 2011 which mandated the need for a government-issued photo identification when voting in the Palmetto State.

Kavanaugh wrote the opinion for the panel after the Department of Justice objected to the law because it said the necessity of a photo identification adversely affected minority voters. Then Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Tom Perez crafted a memo which stated that as of October 2011, 10 percent of registered non-white voters in the state lacked any form of DMV-issued ID. Perez came to the conclusion with the available data in the DMV database that minority voters were nearly 20 percent more likely to lack DMV-issued IDs than white registered voters.

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