South Carolina v. United States
On October 10, 2012, a special three-judge federal district court in Washington, D.C. ruled unanimously in favor of Bancroft’s client, the State of South Carolina, and precleared the State’s voter identification law pursuant to the Voting Rights Act. The Court held that the “South Carolina law does not have a discriminatory retrogressive effect,” “was not enacted for a discriminatory purpose”, and “satisfies Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.” South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson called the ruling a “major victory for South Carolina and its election process.” The trial team included Bancroft attorneys H. Christopher Bartolomucci, Stephen V. Potenza, Brian J. Field, Michael H. McGinley, Jeffrey M. Harris, and D. Zachary Hudson. The case is South Carolina v. United States, No. 12-203 (D.D.C.).