Administration blocks Texas voter ID law
March 12th, 2012
11:48 AM ET
10 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.


Filed under: Justice Department • President Obama • Texas
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  1. Rudy NYC

    @Fair is Fair – You can do almost all of the stuff on your list without producing a "photo" ID. Your list reads like a litany of stuff that you can without a photo ID. BTW, most of those "tasks" of yours do accept forms of ID that the "Voter ID" laws do not.

    March 12, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    ""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."
    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."

    Sorry, that's called avoiding the question. "If you leave yourself open to it heppening, it will happen" is just an attempt to make an end-run around the fact that you can't provide evidence that it DOES happen. The onus is on YOU to do so and thereby prove that what you claim...i.e., that if it's open to happening, it will actually true. The inconvenient truth for you is that it's not, because the evidence is that it doesn't happen.

    And don't pee on my leg and tell me it's raining. The GOPers/Teatrolls are quite clearly freaking out completely over the hispanic population growth in TX and trying desperately to find ways to mute the effect of the obvious demographic shifts in their state. There were emails between state legislators quite explicitly saying that was their intent with their redistricting plan.

    March 12, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  3. Peace

    ID business is totally madness. Who is checking IDs of those who are using absent ballots??

    March 12, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
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