NAACP: Racist email could persuade voter ID ruling

Rep. Clemmons, with his family. (Source:
Rep. Clemmons, with his family. (Source:

Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's NAACP president says a racist email acknowledged by the author of the state's voter ID law should help persuade a panel of federal judges to find against it.

But the email's recipient said Thursday it would be unfair for the court to base its decision on the offensive and ignorant attitudes of 1 constituent.

Rep. Alan Clemmons acknowledged in court this week responding "Amen" to a racist email supporting his bill requiring voters show photo identification. The Myrtle Beach Republican says he regrets giving the hasty and inconsiderate response, but it has nothing to do with his reasoning for the law.

Lonnie Randolph of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People says the email confirms the state is in denial about its racial progress.

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