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South Carolina v. United States

Case Information

Date Filed: February 7, 2012
State: South Carolina
Issues: Voting Rights Act, Voter ID
Courts that Heard this Case: U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (Case 1:12-cv-00203)


Whether the US Justice Department properly denied preclearance to South Carolina's Voter ID law under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act


Complaint filed 2/7/12. Answer filed 4/9/12. Trial set to begin 8/27/12. Opinion delaying implementation of Voter ID law until after 2012 election issued 10/10/12. Order Finding South Carolina Entitled to Costs with Certain Items Excluded filed 1/4/13.

District Court Documents


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