South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson (R) praised the Supreme Court's ruling on the Voting Rights Act Tuesday, claiming that a provision struck from the legislation had "imposed an extraordinary intrusion into state sovereignty."
“For nearly 50 years, Sections 4 and 5 have imposed an extraordinary intrusion into state sovereignty in certain states, including South Carolina," Wilson said in a statement posted on the attorney general's website. "Over time, great strides have been made and Sections 4 and 5 have become obsolete.
“Today’s decision means the voting rights of all citizens will continue to be protected under the Voting Rights Act without requiring a different formula for states wishing to implement reasonable election reforms, such as voter ID laws similar to South Carolina’s," he continued. "This is a victory for all voters as all states can now act equally without some having to ask for permission or being required to jump through the extraordinary hoops demanded by federal bureaucracy.”
Wilson isn't the first South Carolina GOP politician to defend the Supreme Court's decision: earlier in the day Rep. Jeff Duncan (R) called the ruling a "win for fairness" and a win for the state of South Carolina.