Obama Administration Sues Texas Over Voter ID
They claim it violates the Voting Rights Act
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Aug 22, 2013 1:24 PM CDT
Voters wait in line at a polling place located inside a shopping mall, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Austin, Texas.   (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

(Newser) – The Justice Department intends to file a lawsuit against Texas over a voter ID law that it contends violates the 14th and 15th Amendments, along with what's left of the Voting Rights Act. The government will essentially argue that the ID law is intentionally attempting to restrict minority access to voting—which, the AP points out, could prove tricky since, unlike other parts of the VRA, it's not enough to simply prove that the effect of the law would be discriminatory.

The Supreme Court recently voided the list of locations subject to the VRA's oversight. But the Justice Department is also jumping into a separate lawsuit over Texas' redistricting and arguing that it, too, is intentionally discriminatory, and that Texas should be subjected to preclearance of its electoral maps once again, the Washington Post reports. "We will not allow the Supreme Court’s recent decision to be interpreted as open season for states to pursue measures that suppress voting rights," Eric Holder said.

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NorCalHal
Aug 28, 2013 2:49 PM CDT
Researching, evaluation, selection and voting for a candidate or proposal should take more than the thirty seconds most people allocate - during their due diligence period why couldn't a person get a photo ID that would be good for the rst of their lives? How does that disenfranchise anyone?
right2dave
Aug 28, 2013 7:23 AM CDT
If you are not carrying a legal photo ID 1) You could have honestly ran out of the house without you wallet 2) More than likely you have warrent for yor arrest.
right2dave
Aug 28, 2013 7:18 AM CDT
There is you hard earned tax dollars at work,