Justice Department objects to South Carolina's voter ID law

The U.S. Justice Department has rejected South Carolina’s controversial voter ID law.

South Carolina officials can appeal the ruling, but until then the law would be “legally unenforceable,” according to a letter sent to the S.C. Attorney General’s office.

“This is the best Christmas gift I have gotten in a long time,” said Sen. Gerald Malloy, D-Darlington, who has lead the charge against the bill for state Democrats.

The law would require voters to show a valid photo identification before voting in an election. South Carolina officials said the purpose was to “combat voter fraud.”

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