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S.C. sues Obama administration over voter-ID law

CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) – South Carolina’s attorney general sued President Barack Obama’s administration on Tuesday over the federal government’s rejection of the state’s new voter identification law, arguing it would not disenfranchise any potential voters.

The Obama administration in December blocked South Carolina’s law, signed by Republican Governor Nikki Haley in May, because of concerns it would hurt the ability of members of minority groups to cast ballots.

The law requires voters to show either a driver’s license, passport or military identification along with a voter registration card at the polls. But a provision also allows them to vote without a photo ID if they sign an affidavit.