WASHINGTON (AP) - South Carolina is returning
to federal court over whether its voter photo identification law will
keep some minorities from the polls on Election Day.
Attorneys are to deliver
closing arguments in the case that went to trial late last month. A
three-judge federal panel is to decide whether the law that requires
specific photo identification violates the Voting Rights Act.
Justice Department last December said the law reverses the voting rights
gains of the states' minorities. South Carolina sued for permission to
enact the law.
A few states that have tried to put such laws into effect have seen them fail in higher courts.
South Carolina says it will enact the law immediately if it is upheld. But appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court also are likely.