COLUMBIA -- The State Election Commission plans to release the names of voters who don't have South Carolina driver's licenses or photographic identification cards within two weeks.
Commission Executive Director Marci Andino said the list on a CD-ROM will cost $25.
South Carolina's new voter ID law requires people casting ballots to show poll workers a state-issued driver's license or ID card, a U.S. military ID or a U.S. passport.
The Justice Department is reviewing the law under the federal Voting Rights Act, and groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union are challenging it.
The commission had refused to release the list of nearly 217,000 names on Nov. 3, but in a response to a Freedom of Information Act request from The Associated Press, the agency said it would release the names.
That response came after the agency asked the attorney general's office how it should respond to the AP's request. The advice given? "When in doubt, disclose," said Mark Plowden, a spokesman for Attorney General Alan Wilson.
The agency was going to have to release the names anyway. The new law that required the list also required that the Election Commission make it available to registered voters upon request.
The U.S. Justice Department has to review voting law changes in South Carolina because of past abuses. Andino has sought an expedited review, and even if the Justice Department doesn't challenge the law, other groups can file a federal lawsuit to block it.
Andino said workers are updating the state's voter registration system and preparing training materials for the new law, and will begin an education program for voters immediately after the Justice Department clears the new requirements.
That means the new law could be in effect before the Jan. 21 GOP presidential primary, Andino said.