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Texas Sued: Justice Dept. Files Over Voter ID Laws

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The AP has the story: the U.S. Department of Justice filed suit yesterday against the state of Texas. Texas maintains redistricting laws that various minority groups claim are discriminatory in nature.

Attorney General Eric Holder said of the lawsuit that “this represents the department’s latest action to protect voting rights, but it will not be our last.” He also said that recent Supreme Court rulings give nobody free reign to suppress voter’s rights.

Texas has been battling it out over voter ID laws for a while now, and federal judges in Washington have decided that Texas voter ID laws either indirectly disenfranchise the poor and minorities OR they intentionally discriminate against minorities, although a decision was unable to be reached on whether the former or the latter is the case. Texas is the only state to have been found to intentionally discriminate against minorities.

Texas governor Rick Perry said the suit is representative of a complete disregard for the 10th Amendment, and that President Obama’s administration is doing an “end run around the Supreme Court… The filing of endless litigation in an effort to obstruct the will of the people of Texas is what we have come to expect from Attorney General Eric Holder and President Obama.”

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, apologist of the discriminatory laws and considered a gubernatorial potential, believes “Eric Holder is wrong to mess with Texas” and that “by intervening in the redistricting case, the Obama DOJ is predictably joining with Democrat state legislators and Members of Congress and the Texas Democratic Party, who are already suing the State.”

A Texas state representative and chairman of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus, Trey Martinez Fischer, thinks that his fellow Texans are wrong in this regard and that the federal suit could not have come at a better time. In a statement, he said that “federal courts have ruled time and again that government officials in Texas are systematically making it harder for minorities to vote… I am confident that the overwhelming evidence demonstrating intentional discrimination in Texas, when presented in court, will compel state officials to remove barriers to voting that will disenfranchise far too many of our citizens.”

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Texas Sued: Justice Dept. Files Over Voter ID Laws
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  • Rob Dunnam

    We are the only country where carrying a photo ID, on your person, is not required… Why?? This is all about Control, and the US Gov’t wants to control Everything. Tell Eric Holder what he can do with his “back door, gun-running scheme” type of gov’t and keep his nose out where it doesn’t belong…. Obama and company isn’t giving the kind of Leadership this country needs……

  • Moultie L. Lowery

    So far, the reports that Ihave seen are too muddled to identify. I have not seen a clear and distinct explanation of exactly what is being debated or challenged.—Unfortunately, I find this to be the case in far too much of the legislation enacted on today’s society, whether it be on the local, state or federal agenda.

  • tim

    I told you not to vote for a communist. Obama is a commie. He wants to pay illegal immigrants to vote for him.

  • anton

    You go to the boarders and you can see people walking back and forth. No one is stopping them they just play there part and let them in and never stop any one. I say we need this and if you cant afford it pay with your lone star card and stop fucking around. I see poor people with cell phones, guns,drugs and more. If you can afford that then you afford the ID.

    • kimdi01

      They don’t need to “afford” it. What the “Just Us Department” is not telling the people, and won’t tell the judge in the trial should it ever come to one is that the Voter ID cards are free to those that can’t afford them. That little fact eliminates about half of their reasons for filing the suit against Texas. Funny that they don’t file suit against the rest of the states that have the law passed.

  • kimdi01

    The Barack Hussein’s “Just Us” Department under the direction of the honorary leader of the New Black Panther Party, Eric Holder, is doing all it can to hide the fact that they are NOT investigating the IRS, are not looking into the NSA surveillance of US citizens and their own gun running to Mexican drug cartels so that Americans can be murdered. They are putting up smoke screens, called law suits, because certain states want to prevent illegal and fraudulent voting in national and local elections. It’s called VOTER ID and the ID’s are free to all those that request them and can prove they are eligible to vote. Barack Hussein and Holder have it in their minds that the states are either restricting minorities from voting or preventing all who want to vote, probably as many times as they desire, from voting. Another waste of TAXPAYER dollars but then that is the definition of the Obama administration.

  • G. Holland

    A photo ID has to be produced to get a drivers license, a library card, passport,a post office box, credit at any store, use of a credit card and on and on and on. One cannot cash a check without photo ID. Holder is attempting to take the spotlight off more important things such as the killing of our ambassador, the IRS etc. Maybe the public is finally getting it!!!

  • http://Yahoo Jim

    It’s NOT about discrimination. It’s about NOT being an ILLEAGLE ALIEN and having a vote. They should NOT BE ALLOWED TO VOTE !!! Simple, I don’t want someone from another country having ANYTHING AT ALL to do with MY POLITICS !!!

    • Please

      Jim, you don’t have anything to do with your politics. Have you been watching the news lately? Politicians do what they want.

  • Please

    Who out there actually thinks: A) Your vote matters and B) there is any difference between politicians.

    Hate to tell you but it doesn’t matter who gets into office. All politicians go to the same schools, join the same clubs, enjoy the same benefits, invest in the same companies, date in the same circles, and are members of the 1% (or higher) club.

    Wake up people.

    It doesn’t matter what politician is in office. Just look at Obama. How is he any different than Bush? He is just keeping all Bush’s policies in effect which of course are policies of his Bush Sr. Literally, nothing has changed in the US for over 15 years now. Well, I can’t say that — the rich have gotten richer and the poor have gotten poorer. Well, also the country pretty much has gone to hell and has become a police state.

  • KAREN DOYLE

    Please
    August 23, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Who out there actually thinks: A) Your vote matters and B) there is any difference between politicians.

    Hate to tell you but it doesn’t matter who gets into office. All politicians go to the same schools, join the same clubs, enjoy the same benefits, invest in the same companies, date in the same circles, and are members of the 1% (or higher) club.

    Wake up people.

    It doesn’t matter what politician is in office. Just look at Obama. How is he any different than Bush? He is just keeping all Bush’s policies in effect which of course are policies of his Bush Sr. Literally, nothing has changed in the US for over 15 years now. Well, I can’t say that — the rich have gotten richer and the poor have gotten poorer. Well, also the country pretty much has gone to hell and has become a police state.

    nuff said, I AGREE WITH THIS QUOTE

  • http://webpronews Linda

    I still don’t understand how they can claim discrimination! The only reason a person doesn’t have an ID is because they’re too young or they are here illegally. How hard is that to understand!