Republican South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley signed into law a voter identification law yesterday that requires every voter to show a photo ID before being allowed to vote in elections.
Liberals howled that the law would disproportionately impact minorities and implied the law itself was discriminatory and would disenfranchise minorities.
Last night in South Carolina, after Haley had signed the bill into law, Herman Cain, who is expected to formally announce a run for the Presidency on Saturday in Atlanta, called out groups who were criticizing the photo ID bill by saying the law did not infringe upon civil rights.
Cain defended the photo ID bill last night in Aiken, South Carolina, according to multiple reports.
Earlier in the day, Cain, in Aiken, said part of his appeal is that he speaks his mind and talks straight.
I’m not politically correct, I don’t pander, I tell it like it is, and I think it’s resonating with a lot of people.” Cain said.
Cain echoed Haley’s comments made earlier in the day.
“If you have to show a picture ID to buy Sudafed, if you have to show a picture ID to get on an airplane, you should show a picture ID when you vote,” Haley said. “This was another example of legislators having a good idea and the people carrying it forward saying we want it to happen and we want it to happen this year and you see the product of it.”
Haley also said that when South Carolinians go to vote, “nobody else can steal your id. No one else can vote for you. You are going to be able to vote by proving that. It maintains the integrity of the process.”
According to Haley, the voter identification law was also a win for other states because “this is a win win. This is something all the other states are looking at South Carolina and saying looking what they did and how do we get that done?”
Republican South Carolina House Speaker Bobby Harrell said “since the United State’s Supreme Court has held Voter ID as constitutional … I hope the Department of Justice will move swiftly in granting our state’s secure election law the same pre-clearance they gave to Georgia’s Voter ID law last year.” Harrell was referring to the Section Five of the Voting Rights Act, which states that some states that had previously discriminated against blacks must get approval from the Department of Justice when they make any changes in how elections are conducted.
Republican South Carolina Senate Majority Leader Harvey Peeler, who was instrumental in getting the law passed, was congratulatory and combative in his response: “When the liberal Obama administration fights this law, we will stand with Governor Haley to fight back as we did against ObamaCare and the union advocates.”
More state legislatures may look to pass such laws as reports of fraud on the voter rolls come to light, and it may be an issue discussed during the campaign cycle.