Voter ID: DOJ to Monitor Election in Branchville, SC
Branchville, South Carolina. Population 1,083. Voting age population, 806.
The Justice Department will send lawyers to monitor a special election. The reason is that this is the first election conducted with the new Voter ID requirement in the state. The Justice Department opposed voter ID and forced the state to spend $3,500,000 to obtain federal court approval. Justice Department career attorneys had recommended that the South Carolina voter ID law be precleared, but they were overruled by political appointees Tom Perez and Matt Colangelo. Convinced that voter ID is a "poll tax" (Holder's words) or is a plot to disenfranchise voters, DOJ lawyers from Washington D.C. will be collecting evidence in Branchville for the election of a town council member.
Rep. Gilda Cobb Hunter has been a vocal opponent of voter ID and recently was called to testify to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. Branchville is in Cobb-Hunter's legislative district.