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South Carolina voter ID gets judges’ scrutiny

Laws could make difference in the race for president

WASHINGTON — Recognizing this year’s elections are just a few weeks away, a panel of three federal judges questioned on Monday whether South Carolina should wait until 2014 to put its voter identification law into effect.

The judges raised the question as an attorney for South Carolina delivered closing arguments in the trial over whether the state’s law discriminates against minorities. Last December, the Justice Department refused to ‘‘preclear’’ — find it complies with the Voting Rights Act — the law so it could go into effect.

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