Some see South Carolina’s voter ID law and other states’ efforts to tighten early voting as less of an attempt to curb voter fraud than some of the earliest volleys in the 2012 presidential race.

At least that is how the laws were painted by U.S. Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C. as well as NAACP members and union leaders who spoke before more than 100 people at a Tuesday evening rally.

Clyburn said he has visited Florida four times in the past six weeks to work on anti-voter suppression efforts with the Democratic National Congressional Committee. He noted national GOP strategist Karl Rove has forecast that President Barack Obama could win South Carolina this fall, and Republicans are fighting to keep this state — and other swing states — in the GOP column.

“They have put in these draconian rules and regulations and laws because they have calculated that if they can suppress the vote by 1 percent in nine different states, we lose the national election in November,” Clyburn said. “That’s their calculation.”

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