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Justice Department Says Evidence Of Bias In Voter ID Law

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AUSTIN (AP) – The U.S. Department of Justice says there is substantial evidence that Texas’ Voter ID law will discriminate against minorities.

In court papers filed Wednesday, the department was explaining why Texas lawmakers should turn over their papers and communication regarding the law. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has argued that lawmakers should not have to reveal their internal deliberations.

But the justice department says no such privilege exists and that the evidence presented so far shows that 600,000 people will be unable to vote if the law is enforced. The department added that minorities would be impacted the most.

Currently Texas law requires that a voter present a registration card or a photo identification card to vote. The law would require everyone to present an official photo ID card.

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