Columbia, SC (WLTX) - South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson is hailing the U.S. Supreme Court decision to void a key part of the Voting Rights Act.
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In a 5-4 decision, the justices invalidated Section 4 of the act, which means 16 states with a history of discrimination no longer need federal approval to make any changes, no matter how small, to their voting procedures.
South Carolina is one of the states that was subject to the law's provisions.
"For nearly 50 years, Sections 4 and 5 have imposed an extraordinary intrusion into state sovereignty in certain states, including South Carolina," Wilson said in a statement. "Over time, great strides have been made and Sections 4 and 5 have become obsolete.
"Today's decision means the voting rights of all citizens will continue to be protected under the Voting Rights Act without requiring a different formula for states wishing to implement reasonable election reforms, such as voter ID laws similar to South Carolina's. This is a victory for all voters as all states can now act equally without some having to ask for permission or being required to jump through the extraordinary hoops demanded by federal bureaucracy."