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Some unsure of new voter ID law

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By Valencia Wicker
vwicker@abcnews4.com

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) – In a press conference in Columbia, Gov. Nikki Haley talked about how the vote of federal judges to uphold South Carolina's voter I.D. law will impact the Palmetto State.

"What this says is that the people's voice is loud. It will continue to be loud," she said. "South Carolina will continue to be a state that fights and South Carolina will continue to be a state that wins."

Haley went so far to say that the move was a "win" for South Carolina.

"This is a win not just for South Carolina, this is a win for our country," she said.

Others aren't quite convinced.

"I think Gov. Haley still needs to make the leap from campaign mode into governing mode," said the  Rev. Joseph Darby, 1st vice president of the Charleston Branch for the NAACP. "I think she needs to understand that everything doesn't have to be a cute and perky soundbyte."

The new law would require voters to have state identification in order to vote.

Darby says the law would be acceptable as long as everyone gets a chance to vote – including the elderly.

"The older generation is the challenge because you're talking about a generation that in some cases has never had to have a photo ID," Darby said. "Some of them were delivered by mid-wives. Mid-wives were not always the most precise people about getting names right, about getting birth dates right. Sometimes, if the given name had not been listed, somebody would list it as 'babygirl' smith, rather than what eventually became their given name."

Gov. Haley says state leaders promise to provide identification cards for anyone who needs them.

"We want everyone that wants to vote to be able to vote. And, we took it a step further. We said if you need a picture ID, here's an 800 number, we'll give you 3 weeks, we'll take you to the DMV, we'll do that."

A panel of three federal judges said the law could not take effect until 2013.

Darby hopes state officials will make could use of the coming year in order to keep their promise.

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