More information needed before SC Voter ID ruling

The U.S. Justice Department says it needs more information before deciding if South Carolina can proceed with its law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls. / FILE

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The South Carolina attorney general's office says it's enlisting the help of former U.S. solicitor general Paul Clement in getting approval for a new law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls.

The attorney general's office sent a letter Tuesday to the U.S. Justice Department informing them of Clement's assistance if needed. Clement was solicitor general from 2005 to 2008. He did not immediately return a message for comment.

Alan Wilson's office also told the federal agency the state Election Commission would supply answers to its questions within 2 1/2 weeks. The Justice Department said in a letter Monday it needed more information before deciding whether to allow the state to proceed with the voter ID law.

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Any change to the state's election laws must be cleared.

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