Opponents of South Carolina Voter ID Law Ask Justice Department To Declare It Illegal | Rev. Jesse Jackson and the Greenville, South Carolina Rainbow PUSH Coalition and members of the state Senate Democratic Caucus announced Monday that they have sent separate letters to the Justice Department asking it to declare the state’s new voter ID law illegal. “This legislation marks a return to the state’s past of disenfranchising voters,” wrote state Senate Democratic Leader John Land in his letter on behalf of the Democratic Caucus. Under the Voting Rights Act, DOJ must approve changes in voting laws in states with discriminatory pasts, including South Carolina. Jackson, meanwhile, is attempting to meet with members of Congress over the issue. Sixteen U.S. senators petitioned Attorney General Eric Holder last week, asking him to examine voter ID laws across the country to see if they violate the VRA.