Alice Keeney, File, Associated Press
FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2011 file photo, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley speaks in Charleston, S.C. Civil rights leaders in South Carolina are taking a new tactic to fight the governor's support of law requiring voters to show identification at the poll. "Your governor, a woman of color, could not vote before "™65," Rev. Jesse Jackson recently said to a crowd at a historically black college, referencing the 1965 Civil Rights Act. "She got the right to vote with the rest of us."

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Civil rights leaders bothered by South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley's stance on issues like requiring voters to show their IDs at the polls are reminding the governor that she is a minority, too.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson said at several stops around the state that Nikki Haley wouldn't have been able to vote before 1965, just as he couldn't vote.

Both Haley's parents were born in India, and they came to South Carolina before she was born in 1972.

Haley dismisses the criticism from civil rights leaders, saying they see race in every issue. She says her support of voter ID laws is just a commonsense measure to protect the voting process.