South Carolina becomes the latest of several states to see new legal requirements for voting stayed or overturned by federal and state courts. All of the states involved have passed the laws under Republican governors and legislatures.
The South Carolina ruling is notable because it was challenged for discriminatory impact under the state's inclusion in the 1965 Voting Rights Act, and the court ruled that it met that law's standard for non-discrimination. The appeals panel ruled that, because of changes to the law made while the lawsuit was being litigated that allowed voters to provide a "reasonable explanation" as to why they did not have required ID - and that the explanations could not be challenged by poll workers - the law would not have a discriminatory effect.
New laws in Florida and Texas have also been challenged under the Voting Rights Act, and new laws in, among other states, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Hampshire, Indiana and Wisconsin have been challenged on other grounds. In most of the recent decisions, courts have delayed or ruled against the new laws.