Justice Department Opposes Texas Voter ID Law

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Justice Department’s civil rights division on Monday objected to a new photo ID requirement for voters in Texas because many Hispanic voters lack state-issued identification.

Texas is the second state in recent months to become embroiled in a court battle with the Justice Department over photo ID requirements for voters.

The Justice Department said Texas officials failed to show that the newly enacted law has neither a discriminatory purpose nor effect.

The department had been reviewing the law since last year and discussing the matter with state officials. In January, Texas officials sued U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, seeking a court judgment that the state’s recently enacted voter ID law was not discriminatory in purpose or effect.

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.

The range was so broad because the state provided two sets of registered voter data.

In December, the Justice Department rejected South Carolina’s voter ID law on grounds it makes it harder for minorities to cast ballots. It was the first voter ID law to be rejected by the department in nearly 20 years.

In response, South Carolina sued Holder; the state argued that enforcement of its new law will not disenfranchise any voters.

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One Comment

  1. ralph says:

    The Fox is in the Hen House..Thanks D.O.J.

  2. Lori Green says:

    Why would the justice department object? This law keeps illegals from voting. If they are illegal, they have not earned the right to vote. This is why democrats love illegals, this is their constituency

    1. Judy says:

      Amen to that. I’d like to know why so many drive and don’t have licenses but drive trucks and cars. Texas should fight back and demand proper ID for every citizen.

  3. its me says:

    “This is why democrats love illegals, this is their constituency”– And let’s not forget why republicans love illegals… “this is their workforce”.

  4. weallneedid says:

    Double amen to that.

  5. glass says:

    Legal Hispanics will be allowed to vote. What is preventing the illegals from voting. It is against US law to allow illegal immigrants to vote. I don’t see why the Feds are having an issue with law enforcement. I think, as a nation we have decide between political correctness and what is legal. If the feds wan illegal immigrants to vote, they should make it legal. -smiles- If the Feds don’t have the political will to make it legal, allow the states to enforce voting restrictions on non-citizens.

  6. steve says:

    Isn’t it illegal for adults in TX not to have state issued ID? I couldn’t locate mine once and was threatened to be taken to jail for failure to identify.

  7. Charles says:

    Some states have enacted Photo ID rules that make it difficult for valid citizens to not get it. Wisconsin required two utility bills to validate residence. For young adults still living with their parents and have no such bills, they cannot get the ID. So not all state photo IDs are equal in requirement which is also a problem.

  8. YRofTexas says:

    My hubby had no id’s before coming to Texas. His roomates in NewYork stole all of his things, trashed everything because they thought he was going to die. He was in ICU with a major stroke. Doctors said he was not going to make it.
    Well, he obviously did, I moved him to Texas with only a Medicare and Social Security card. We got a copy of his birth certificate, and with that, and his other cards, they accepted him and he got a State of Texas issued ID card. He can not drive, but he does have legal status and votes.
    It can be done, folks!

  9. james says:

    If I am not mistaken it is against the law NOT TO HAVE A PICTURE ID in the state of Texas. So it sounds like they need to be arrested instead of voting.

  10. its me says:

    Republicans sure have a knack for solving problems that don’t exist while simultaneously creating new problems. They’ve really taken this whole ‘bush doctrine’ ideology to some ridiculous extremes lately. States creating laws to make sure ‘sharia law’ doesn’t factor into court decisions (which it never has), states creating laws to fight illegal aliens voting (which they’re not)… what’s next? Death panels? Oh yeah, they’ve already worn that one out. Fearmongering is so ugly. It’s also easily debunked for people that bother to look into the issues.

  11. Marlon says:

    hmmm…..last I checked, you either needed a TX DL# or SSN# to register to vote….so what benefit would it be to require a DL at the polling station? LIke “it’s me” said….is this really an issue?

  12. Frank says:

    Holder is nothing but Obama’s Boy , Texas voters voted for the photo ID requirement . We shouildn’t allow the DOJ- IGGER to stop our right to defend our election from fraud .

  13. Jeff Johnson says:

    Do you really think that voter fraud doesn’t exist? You are a very naive person if you do. It happens on BOTH sides of the political aisle. So does the fearmongering. The Dems love to shout Are those poor Hispanics being refused alcohol and smokes?

    1. Marlon says:

      Oh, I definitely think voter fraud exists. Any sufficiently large system will have some amount of corruption, but to what extent does it affect anything and will this actually change anything?

      Shoot, just look at the historical election results. Usually, if there even is a democratic candidate, it’s a landslide for the republicans. Heck I think there’s usually more libertarian candidates than democratic ones.

  14. lee says:

    I vote Republicans not beacuase I am in love with them,when Republicans are in the office Things work better for all of us in Business,

  15. US Citizen says:

    This is so typical of the monkey in charge….can’t wait for him to be voted out and let him write his book….he can write can’t he?

    1. Jeff Johnson says:

      The monkey in charge? Is it hard to type wearing those white robes and hood?

  16. realfactchecker says:

    At the rate illegal aliens are entering Texas as bona fide voters, August 2013 is going to be known as White History Month.
    Hope and CHANGE is coming…November 2012.

  17. FedUpTxn says:

    So instead of a photo ID, how about everyone give a fingerprint to vote, to cross the border, to board an airline, to qualify for employment, make major purchases. register for school, receive medical care, social service benefits, etc. This not only will cut down on ID theft, it will insure that everyone is here legally. What I’d like to know is WHO is really benefiting by allowing our country to be invaded by criminals with their own agenda?

    1. realfactchecker says:

      Every politician with a “D” after their name.
      Let’s face the music…the most important job any politician faces is to get re-elected.
      What better way than to make us “buy” the votes for them.

      1. FedUpTxn says:

        So how do you explain the mass invasion of illegal immigrants that has transpired over the past decade while the Republicans were in office? It’s time that citizens let their representatives know we are all FED UP with supporting other countries that do not have our interests at heart. Look at some crime statistics if you want a great big eye opener. A prime example is Garland open warrants. Notice a pattern of how many have a certain type of last name? Look at the most wanted murders list of the FBI and you’ll find the same thing. Start adding up what this is costing every American citizen and you’ll find the real reason this country is in economic crisis.

      2. realfactchecker says:

        R & D politicians are the same – their number one concern is getting re-elected.
        Our government has no problem protecting the 38th parallel, do they.
        The reason our southern border is open is that they want it open.
        For votes on Election Day and no media criticism in between elections.
        Voters are the stupid ones – we keep sending the same losers back to Congress..

  18. S. DENTLER says:

    We can’t even enter Mexico without a passport and these people are here in

    1. realfactchecker says:

      It’s totally unreasonable to expect unregistered Democrats to carry papers.
      You must be part of the “suppress the vote” crowd that our crack Justice Department is so worried about. And don’t expect to be able to arm yourself in the future, either. The DOJ only wants guns in the hands of Mexicans these days. What a country. Hope and CHANGE is what we need in November, but since people who vote for a living outnumber us worker bees, we better all show up on Election Day.

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