AUSTIN (AP) – Attorney General Greg Abbott is asking a federal court to clear the way for the state’s Voter ID law after the Department of Justice failed to clear it.

In a court case filed Monday, Abbott said the Obama administration was hostile to laws like the one passed last year in Texas, which requires voters to show a photo identification card in order to vote. Texas is one of 16 states where all changes to voting laws must first be cleared by the justice department or the Washington DC district court before they can go into effect.

Abbott is asking the court to clear the law because similar laws exist on other states and he says the Obama administration is taking too long to decide whether to clear the law.

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