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Rick Perry is on the stump up an out of early this morning he's going to be your -- and 45 minutes other South Carolina there is a new ball in that state.
That requires voters to show an -- when voting a photo ID.
Now the Justice Department is challenging state Republicans on that while on this could be important -- Alan -- the attorney general.
He's live down there in Columbia, South Carolina sir good morning to you.
Morning why is this an issue in the first place.
Well first off when the -- was originally written it was it it was written to protect citizens from fraudulent activity.
In the electoral process it is important.
That the voters of our state have faith in the process by which we elect our leaders so that was its original intent.
-- but there is the revenues that 900 dead people vote in South Carolina.
Well that's right what we -- the last several but.
Well that's right well when we were going -- the process of getting this law pre cleared.
With the Department of Justice.
We provide -- numbers that showed that this would have a minimal effect on minority voters the elderly.
And in and of course our opponents of this bill said that this is trying this is in search of a solution -- search of a problem doesn't exist.
Well subsequently we found out that there were over 900 people who.
Died and then subsequently voted that number could be even hired and that bill.
Said that this is just an example 11 of many examples in fact we also have data that suggests that there are 91000 people.
On our voter registration rolls.
Who no longer live in South Carolina and are in fact registered as a resident in another state.
But they're still representative -- value to be an issue with your Georgia has a long right Indiana has a -- And they have not been challenged by the Department of Justice.
What what's the other part errors oppose the south Carolina's law.
Will the Department of Justice upheld or pre cleared Georgia's law about 45 years ago in the United States Supreme Court.
Upheld Indiana's law back in 2007.
Which you basically had you have the Department of Justice denying the citizens of South Carolina the protections of the bill.
That United States Supreme Court upheld for the citizens of Indiana it's a double standard.
And it is is this bid blows my mind.
That the Department of Justice sees that this could be potential suppression the only thing we -- suppressor in South Carolina is fraud and our election system are they opponents is that you mentioned this they suggest you're keeping minorities from voting.
They also suggest your waste some time and money which -- stated that.
Well well it it's a convenient argument that -- -- fall back on when you have not hundred people you remember before they said there was no evidence of voter fraud now you have over 900 people.
That number could -- -- over 900 people who are deceased and voting.
It's an out now with -- were falling back on the argument that it suppression or discrimination.
This is the same standard we use to allow people went to a federal building -- photo ID or get to get a prescription medication.
This is not an unreasonable.
Request and remember everyone has to register to vote why not put a photo on the registration card or have them show a photo ID.
-- -- you you need a photo ID device who defend your new -- New York City and that that that's not a prescription medication.
How is trying to make sure that voters in South Carolina can access a photo ID easily.
What's the process well first stop their -- about I think about ways they can get photo identification does allow about law.
But if you do not have a photo ID due to some reasonable impediment do your age to do to something firm.
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