Justice Department Blocks Texas Voter ID Law
Today the Justice Department’s Civil Rights division on Monday objected to a new photo ID requirement for voters in Texas. The law was voted on by the people of Texas last year and requires all people who vote to have a valid photo ID. With this type of legislation being introduced in 34 states it is easily going to be a contentious topic during the presidential election.
In a letter to Texas officials that was also filed in the court case in Washington, the Justice Department said Hispanic voters in Texas are more than twice as likely than non-Hispanic voters to lack a driver’s license or personal state-issued photo ID. The department said that even the lowest estimates showed about half of Hispanic registered voters lack such identification. “I cannot conclude that the state has sustained its burden” of showing that the newly enacted law has neither a discriminatory purpose nor effect, Thomas E. Perez, the head of the Justice Department’s civil rights division, said in a letter to the Texas secretary of state.
As a state with a history of voter discrimination, Texas is required under section 5 of the Voting Rights Act to get advance approval of voting changes from either the Justice Department or the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.
The Justice Dept is full of morons. Voter ID is asking people to prove who they say they are when they vote, you can get an ID for free.
Voter fraud alive and well in Dem party. Thanks US Justice Dept!
Holder and the justice dept. are bigger fools than i originally thought. You can get a photo id anywhere for pennies…!! S.C. & Texas Sue.!