Feds sue to stop Texas voter ID law
August 22nd, 2013
12:46 PM ET
11 months ago

Feds sue to stop Texas voter ID law

(CNN) - The U.S. Justice Department said Thursday that it will file a lawsuit seeking to stop a controversial Texas law that would require voters to show identification at voting booths.

The department wants a court to declare that the law, passed in 2011, violates part of the federal Voting Rights Act and voting guarantees provided in the 14th and 15th Amendments.

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  1. Rudy NYC

    Does it make any sense to change the photo ID requirements at the voting booth to something that was different from when you registered to vote? Does it make sense to add gun permits and licenses as acceptable forms of ID for voting, while removing photo IDs issued by state run colleges and universities? Texas should be ashamed of itself.

    Does it make sense to require people to go to a DMV office to acquire a new state issued photo ID, and then turn right around and reduce the DMV's budget and operating hours? That is exactly what Pennsylvania did.

    August 22, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  2. SeattleMM

    It seems to me that a State University ID is a State issued ID card. Yet that is not allowed? Clearly, this has to do with the fact that students tend to vote Democratic, and the Republican office holders want to suppress Democratic voters.

    August 22, 2013 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    The Congress needs to pass some sort of "Uniform Voting Act". The right to vote is guaranteed at the federal level, which I would think to mean that individual states have no jurisdiction defining the rules for people to exercise their right to vote.

    August 22, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  4. Scott

    "Today's action marks another step forward in the Justice Department's continuing effort to.....
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    undermine States Rights and prevent States from enacting common sense voter laws.
    Holder and his cronies need to stay out of the states business , and clean up their own illegal standards. The Justice Department is no different then the Gestapo of Nazi Germany.

    August 22, 2013 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  5. jinx9to88

    Look people, you have 3 years to get your photo ID. Get your lazy but off the couch and go get one and no I am not a GOP scrub. GOP are gonna keep pushing this voter ID crap until it becomes a nonissue. Its not like the have better things to do.

    August 22, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  6. much thunder..little rain

    you must live in acave not to have a i d

    August 22, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  7. AnnoyedbyPolitics

    Actually, only state RESIDENTS are supposed to vote. Many college students are not residents of the state they attend college (Legally speaking) and are not allowed to vote in that state. Student ID's do not contain home address, so they can't be verified as a residnet of the state, and should not be valid. if they live in state, get a drivers license or state ID card (which is free in every state)

    August 22, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  8. Name

    Scott....you need to understand the voting rights act.....I am sure you are voting for Senator Cruz....we need to see his citizen papers....

    August 22, 2013 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  9. Name

    Common sense voting rights does not mean you can have gun license and be okay to vote but if you have a photo college id, you can not vote. That is discrimination. Wake up folks.

    August 22, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  10. bill pike

    yes, if texas voted to become their own country they have my vote--you have to have an ID to buy beer, drive a car, get on an airplane but not to vote????? i know in chicago they vote more than once but we have to keep obama/chicago out of texas.

    August 22, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  11. sonny chapman

    In TX, it's easier to buy an AR-15 w/a 30 shot clip than it is to vote. The Second Amendment is more important than the 16th.

    August 22, 2013 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  12. MJH

    TEXAS – now just a joke of a state thanks to the leadership of Rick Perry and his army of TEAliban nutjobs.

    August 22, 2013 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  13. Mikey

    After Texas, they need to look at North Carolina and several other states. Cutting early voting, closing down polling places in poor neighborhoods. They (Republicans) are trying to make it as difficult as possible for the poor, minorities, the elderly, college students, and other likely Democratic voters. I guess when you are not able to get a majority fair and square based on your actions and policies, you should cheat, right? What a message to send to our youth... and to the rest of the world that looks to us as an example. Sickening, disgusting, and disheartening.

    August 22, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  14. Wake up People!

    Thank you Mikey! Btw, I so enjoy reading your comments.

    August 22, 2013 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |