Demonstrators hold signs at an NAACP-organized rally on the steps of the Pennsylvania Capitol to protest the state's new voter identification law on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 in Harrisburg, Pa. The law is being challenged in court as unconstitutional. Democrats say it's an election year stunt to steal the White House. Republicans say it's necessary to prevent voting fraud. (AP Photo/Marc Levy)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorneys are wrapping up testimony in the federal trial of South Carolina’s voter identification law.

The law requires voters to show specific identification when they vote.

The Obama administration says the law violates Voting Rights Act protections of minority voting rights and has kept it from going into effect. That prompted South Carolina to sue.

South Carolina had to seek approval of the law because of the state’s history of discrimination.

On Thursday, a three-judge panel sought more information on how the state would carry out a provision in the law allowing people to vote without photo ID if they submit notarized affidavits saying they have a “reasonable impediment” to getting the required identification.

Testimony wraps up Friday, and closing arguments are set for Sept. 24.


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