Number Of South Carolina Residents Without Valid Voter ID Increases To 216,000

The number of South Carolina residents without a form of identification that would allow them to vote under the state’s new voter ID law is now 216,596, the State Election Commission said Tuesday. In 2010, 178,000 residents were without ID. The Justice Dept. put the state’s voter ID law on hold last month while it determines whether it is a violation of the Voting Rights Act, which prohibits laws such as voter ID that disproportionately disenfranchise racial minorities.