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SC Voter ID Law Upheld, But Won’t Be In Effect Before Nov. Elections

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South Carolina's controversial voter ID law was upheld federally, but won't be in effect until 2013. (Photo by Logan Mock-Bunting/Getty Images)

South Carolina’s controversial voter ID law was upheld federally, but won’t be in effect until 2013. (Photo by Logan Mock-Bunting/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A panel of three federal judges in Washington has upheld South Carolina’s voter identification law, but says the state cannot put it in practice until 2013.

The judges say in their unanimous ruling that time is too short to put the law in effect ahead of the Nov. 6 elections.

The law requires those wanting to vote in South Carolina to show one of five types of photo identification in order to cast a ballot.

The judges say the law does not discriminate or wipe out voting rights gains of African-Americans.

South Carolina’s law was the first voting law in nearly 20 years that the Department of Justice refused to OK.

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