Administration blocks Texas voter ID law
March 12th, 2012
11:48 AM ET
2 years ago

Administration blocks Texas voter ID law

Washington (CNN) - A controversial new Texas law requiring voters to present personal identification before going to the polls has been blocked by the Obama administration.

In a letter Monday to state officials, the Justice Department said the legislation could have a discriminatory effect on Hispanics and other minorities.

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  1. Rudy NYC

    Republicans really do need to come up with a good reason for growing the size of government intrusion in our lives when it comes to the most basic of Citizen's Rights, the right to vote. Most of the seldom cases of fraud that we do we see are not committed at the ballot box. The cases almost always involve dishonest clerks, absentee ballots, etc, and most of the crimes are being committed by Republican officials.

    March 12, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  2. Internet Child

    If you can't prove you're a citizen, you can't vote. Simple as that. I don't know where these people are getting this "invasion of privacy" crap from.

    March 12, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  3. Fair is Fair

    I'm curious... how are those people who have no ID able to:

    - get a job?
    - buy tobacco or alcohol?
    - drive a car?
    - obtain certain prescription medicines that require identification?
    - open a bank account?
    - file a tax return?
    - get a marriage license?
    - enroll their children in school?

    And a multitude of other things?

    March 12, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  4. macrasta

    I see it as an attack on immigrants............ there is no problem for that immigrant to sign up for the arm forces and go into war to die.......but when it comes to voting...........**/*****))(()O

    March 12, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  5. Bill

    This is good. The GOP wants to disenfranchise voting groups favoable to Democrats. Did not work this time. Who knows, maybe Obama can even win Texas this time, given the huge increase in voters there.

    March 12, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Internet Child

    If you can't prove you're a citizen, you can't vote. Simple as that. I don't know where these people are getting this "invasion of privacy" crap from.
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    No one is making any claim of invasion of privacy except for the right wing.

    In most states, you produce some form of identification, sign in, and you are ready to vote. In most states, you have to sign a log of all registered voters for that polling place, In most states, your reference signature they have on file for you appears on the log and you sign your name next to it while they cover the reference signature.

    In most states, the practice of signature verification makes voting fraud at the polls quite difficult. In most states passing these new photo ID laws, you must still go throught the signature verification process after producing your photo ID. So, what is the point of the new requirement to have a photo ID if you must still have your signature verified?

    March 12, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    My mother is 94, has no drivers license, no gun conceal and carry card, and has no birth certificate. And the right wingnuts want to suppress her vote. The GOP already has over a billion dollars at their disposal to beat the president, and know that if they can keep 7 million seniors, minorities, college students, and poor people from voting, they have a chance at taking back the white house.

    March 12, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  8. Talkytalk

    So we all get angry if illegals get jobs and medical care but we also get angry if we require those same illegals to show ID when Voting? Talk about Hypocrisy. The only reason this is being called an attack on immigrants and that the "GOP wants to disenfranchise" is because they know these illegals will vote for Obama. Wants the election is over these illegal immigrants will once again have people angry at them for taking our jobs and running high medical bills.

    March 12, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  9. Dave

    Thank you for blocking this blatant attempt at discrimination.

    March 12, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  10. Fair is Fair

    Wire said:

    "My mother is 94, has no drivers license, no gun conceal and carry card, and has no birth certificate."
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    If she's 94, she must certainly have a Medicare ID card, no?

    March 12, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  11. informed voter

    In response to Fair is Fair's misinformed comment: You need to prove you're citizen in order to register to vote. You do not need to be a licensed driver,or have a job, or smoke, or need a prescription,or be married,or have children, or any of the other superfluous items you mentioned. Once you are registered to vote, your signature is in a book at the voting station and all that should be required is that your signature matches what is on the books. That is how it works where I live, in America. This faux outrage about voter fraud and the need for stricter rules in order to vote, is simply a ruse to make it more difficult for the unemployed, poor, students, and elderly to exercise their rights as citizens and vote.

    March 12, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "the Justice Department said the legislation could have a discriminatory effect on Hispanics and other minorities."

    That's not a bug. It's a feature.

    March 12, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  13. vet in tx

    The lawmakers knew this wouldn't fly because they didn't get prior "clearance" from the justice department like they know they have to. The blue states don't have to get clearance, but the red states do. They didn't, therefore they can't require ID. Pretty simple once you read the rules, anyone commenting that hasn't read the rules are easily exposing the fact that they didn't.

    March 12, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  14. Fair is Fair

    "In most states, you produce some form of identification, sign in, and you are ready to vote. In most states, you have to sign a log of all registered voters for that polling place, In most states, your reference signature they have on file for you appears on the log and you sign your name next to it while they cover the reference signature. "
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    Let me explain to you how it works in Massachusettts, Rudy. You walk up to the volunteers who have the voter rolls. You give them your address. They ask you your name, and cross you off the list. THAT'S IT. No ID, no signature.

    I have no idea where you get this information.

    March 12, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  15. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    Pardon the typos. I'm sneaking at work! tee hee!

    March 12, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    ""In most states, you produce some form of identification, sign in, and you are ready to vote. In most states, you have to sign a log of all registered voters for that polling place, In most states, your reference signature they have on file for you appears on the log and you sign your name next to it while they cover the reference signature. "
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    Let me explain to you how it works in Massachusettts, Rudy. You walk up to the volunteers who have the voter rolls. You give them your address. They ask you your name, and cross you off the list. THAT'S IT. No ID, no signature.

    I have no idea where you get this information."
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    And can you tell me whenthe last time we had a pervasive voter fraud scam pulled off in MA such that the integrity of our electoral systems here crumbled? Go ahead...we'll wait right here...I'm sure you can Googlez it up and provide us with overwhelming evidence and anecdotal examples.

    March 12, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  17. Fair is Fair

    @ Informaed Voter -

    Yup – you need to prove you're a citizen in order to REGISTER to vote. No question about it. The problem is with people who go to the polls or fill out an absentee ballot unchecked. And no, "Informed Voter" – not all states cross check signatures at the polling stations. I live in Massachusetts and that has never been the practice. THAT'S the problem. Capeesh?

    March 12, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  18. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    Internet child: You're wrong. Such is NOT the case in Maryland.
    Fair is Fair: Ditto.

    March 12, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  19. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    Mr. President we'll get the citizens to the polls, you just make sure they can vote once they get there.
    Picture ID my left foot.
    Obama 2012.

    March 12, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  20. Fair is Fair

    "And can you tell me whenthe last time we had a pervasive voter fraud scam pulled off in MA such that the integrity of our electoral systems here crumbled? Go ahead...we'll wait right here...I'm sure you can Googlez it up and provide us with overwhelming evidence and anecdotal examples."
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    Look, Sniffit – you of all people should realize that if you leave yourself open to chicanery to happen, it will undoubtedly happen. No one is trying to disenfranchise any individual or group. I realize hou difficult it is for a partisan to accept that.

    March 12, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  21. LIP

    isn't this the same voting block that the democrats need for the upcoming election ? what a coincidence

    March 12, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  22. PJ/TX

    @Fair is Fair"
    *******
    In Texas, if law is upheld, requires the following ID cards:
    Driver's License
    Concealed handgun license
    US Passport
    Citizen papers
    Do you see Medicare Card, Student Card, VA Card etc on this list? No.
    Where do you get your information.

    March 12, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  23. PJ/TX

    Should have added, these are all PHOTO ID cards.
    Is that your idea of Fair?

    March 12, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  24. Talkytalk

    I had to show my ID when I voted and so did everyone else. This is all about Hypocrisy, nothing more than playing both sides. People complain that illegals get our jobs and they run medical bills but when we want their vote than they can it is okay to vote illegally. Seriously, who is buying this nonsense that we are okay with illegals Voting?

    March 12, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  25. ST

    Good move. Voting is not a privilege, it is the right. In order to exercise democracy fully, no one should be denied their right to vote.

    March 12, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
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