SC looking to get $54K in voter ID lawsuit

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina wants to recover about $54,000 of its $3.5 million costs for a lawsuit defending the state's voter identification law.

The state said in court papers last week that it wants the federal government to pay to cover some legal expenses.

South Carolina originally sought to recover about $90,000 from the U.S. government. But a federal court ruled the state could not recoup some of those costs.

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson sued last year after the U.S. Department of Justice rejected the state's law requiring voters to show specific photo identification at the polls. The Justice Department said the law violated part of the federal Voting Rights Act, which protects minority voters.

A panel of federal judges upheld the law in October.

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