Skip to comments.Obama Administration Blocks Law Requiring Texas Residents to Show Photo ID Before Voting
Posted on 03/12/2012 9:04:52 AM PDT by Sleeping Freeper
The Justice Department is objecting to a new photo ID law in Texas for voters, saying the state has failed to demonstrate that the the law is not discriminatory by design against Hispanic voters.
The department's head of the civil rights division, Tom Perez, wrote a a six-page letter to Texas' director of elections saying that Texas has not "sustained its burden" under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act to show that the new law will not have a discriminatory effect on minority voters. About 11 percent of Hispanic voters reportedly lack state-issued identification.
Perez wrote that while the state says the new photo ID requirement is to "ensure electoral integrity and deter ineligible voters from voting" the state "did not include evidence of significant in-person voter impersonation not already addressed by the state's existing laws."
Perez added that the number of people lacking any personal ID or driver's license issued by the state ranges from from 603,892 to 795,955, but of that span, 29-38 percent of them are Hispanic.
"According to the state's own data, a Hispanic registered voter is at least 46.5 percent, and potentially 120.0 percent, more likely than a non-Hispanic registered voter to lack this identification," Perez wrote.
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“Where does it say in the constitution that the president gets to decide which state laws are valid and which are not?”
“The Constitution of the United States [has] delegated to the Congress a power to punish treason, counterfeiting the securities and current coin of the United States, piracies and felonies committed on the high seas, and offences against the laws of nations, and no other crimes whatever.”
—THOMAS JEFFERSON, THE KENTUCKY RESOLUTIONS
Guess he forgot to include the President in that.
Photo voter ID card laws definitely reduce fraud at the polls. Claiming that that blacks or Hispanics are discriminated against by such a policy is a bunch of nonsense calculated to enable the Democrats to continue their fraud schemes ad infinitum, which will inevitably result in Democrats cheating their way to election victories and thereby gaining political power unjustly.
Everybody take a breath.
Texas already has had a voter ID law in place for decades.
The new voter ID law requires a photo ID.
I think this argument that photo ID is discriminatory is just going to fall flat on its face because the previous law was already in place.
You even need a picture ID to double post,,, and a Birth Certificate to triple post!
I have to show an ID to even get into a gated community to do my job.
And you would not BELIEVE what I had to produce just to renew my drivers license!
Showing an ID to vote should be mandatory on the Federal level.
You have to have a state issued ID to carry on all forms of business in this state.
Even people in nursing homes need IDs to get medicare and such.
Texas should ignore the Feds and dare those clowns to do something about it. See you in court.
Well of course silly, how else can the democats promote fraudulent voting?
FUBO, what a diklick(really he is)
That’s because the 11% of “Hispanic Voters” aren’t here legally, dumba$$.
Obama won’t carry Texas, even with him dictating what our laws will be.
But it WILL turn a lot of U.S. and state legislative seats by allowing dead people to vote.
Right on, right on...
The Obama administration shows no hesitance in making their feelings known, in getting its point across.
WHERE ARE THE REPUBLICANS????
Will we see Boehner out and lambasting this decision to fight against protecting our most precious right, all simply by showing ID which Americans have to do to even buy lunch for God’s sakes?
How about McCain....he’ll be out there screaming about this silly administrative position? McCain....the guy who gave us all Campaign Reform that we all sleep well at night for the effort and time he put into such an important legislation?
They’ll be out there, the Repub Senators and Representatives, right? Surely they won’t ask us volunteers to mind the polls for suspicious voting when they aren’t even letting out a peep about it?
“...a Hispanic registered voter is at least 46.5 percent, and potentially 120.0 percent, more likely than a non-Hispanic registered voter to lack this identification,””
Is this due to a difference in the opportunity to obtain ID?
Can’t any group skew the outcome if they ignore the opportunity? I can use way less gas in a week if I don’t drive.
Tell the Feds to give them a photo ID when they come across the border. That way we know who to deport.
I live in CT also and have noticed that. I always have ID in hand, ready to present to the person at the table checking off voters before they ask.
In TX, it costs $16 for a state issued ID card and it’s good for 6 years. You don’t even need a social security number. Less than $3 a year for something that would allow you to vote. Too much of a burden?
I unfortunately don’t have time to read through the thread. Has there been word on the state telling them to pound sand?
“How is showing an ID racist..”
Good question! Does anyone complain about requesting ID to purchase cigarettes, alcohol,or when buying something with a credit card?
Thanks for the ping!
If they get away with this NO ONE should show ID when voting. Let them guess whether two districts or voting for your neighbor or for someone who has recently died ... or whatever.
Michigan has required an id for a while now. Just showed it when I voted in the primary.
If there ain't enough Rangers, I'm sure a whole lot of Texans would have no problem being Deputized to fill the shortage.
What will the Judge do, send in his Army? Perry controls the Texas National Guard, LOL
Agreed, its long past time the southern States start asserting their EQUAL rights under the U.S. Constitution to the application of UNIFORM laws.
If the North don’t have to submit the South should absoulty refuse submission!! If they lawless Federal Government can’t find it within itself to treat the members of this union as Equals then we should appeal to the justice of nature and the opinions of the rest of the world this injustice of Washington.
An injustice Not only against our people as States but against the very minority they hypocritically claim to be trying to protect. After all the explicit propose of theses laws is to protect the vote of each and every individual from voter fraud.
To deny any particular “Race” of men application to this law is to expose the same men to the same portability that others might pose as them and Steal their vote!
Are not Hispanics and African Americans entitled to the same protection as whites, or does the Democratic party see them as a group of targets that must be left open for fraud?
“By what authority do they block this law? This is a state issue.
The Voting Rights Act via the Fourteenth Amendment.”
Section 5 of the “voting rights act” which spells out particular states for discriminatory laws to be applied is in blaten violation of not only the 14th ammedments EQUAL protection clause its a violation of the Federal constitutions Equal Standing clause.
I don’t know what the democrats of the 1960’s were thinking you would think that if they were going to install a repressive mandate the least they could do is apply it equally to all the State. But instead they make it clear in this lawless act that some states are “less equal” than others.
That concept in itself is absolutism repugnant to the idea of a free republican union. But I guess their idea of the “united states” post Lincoln was that of a lawless(boundless) empire not a republican union at all.
As a Texan I find this discrimination extremely insulting.
“Michigan has required an id for a while now. Just showed it when I voted in the primary.”
Many northern States do, Its us southern that are subjected to this lawless indignity “federal acts” applied to us and us alone. Equal footing is a myth they gave up on a very long time ago.
I am a Texan, and to Washington that makes me scientifically less entitled to self-government than you a Michigander. I suppose it don’t much matter because in either case If they don’t like what we choose they come in and impose their will. In the long run tether of us are free men nor free peoples we individuality & collectively(as States) are both slaves to Lincoln’s Empire.
This whole issue isn’t as simple as it seems on the surface. The “preclearance” requirement in the Voting Rights Act (in Section 5) has a history of litigation in Texas.
The 25-year extension of the preclearance procedure (by Pres. Bush and the Congress in 2006) was challenged in a lawsuit in 2009 in Texas, but the Supreme Court failed to declare preclearance unconstitutional.
The Bailout Bait and Switch: DOJs Last-Ditch Attempt to Rescue Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act (April 18, 2011)
Then how do they get housing? You have to show a picture ID to rent or buy.
How do they cash their paychecks? Banks and credit unions want a picture ID.
How can they get a car? You have to show a picture ID to rent or buy a car.
How do they get healthcare? You have to show a picture ID to get treated by a doctor.
This is just more left-wing crime.
The case is insulting. The authority is firmly grounded in the law I cited, whatever you think of its legitimacy. Certainly the ratification process of the 14th was an abomination.
BHO & Holder don’t care about this country. Tell both of them to go to hell. They’re destroying our country.
For the first time in my life I’m embarrassed to be be an American.
Some judge stuck it down in Wisconsin too.
Texas is a free state. Holder and obama need to stay the hell out of its business.
Bet they need a photo-id to take books out of the library, though.
How does the executive branch get to decide the Constitutionality of Texas Law?
Really? That sucks, but there goes the DOJ argument. Unless the poor "disenfranchised" are bums living on the streets, Hispanics (legal or not) pay utility bills.
The Texas Attorney General should send this section of their statute to Holder, and tell DC to suck it.
We need some open resistance and soon.
I have often heard the expression “Don’t mess with Texas!” Let’s hope it proves true here.
Will be interesting to see how Perry handles this
I have always shown my ID. I think you can use a non-photo ID, If there is such a thing. Utility bill mabey?
REMEMBER THE ALAMO!
federal law REQUIRES a government issued ID in order to be in bankruptcy court (AND a valid original proof of ss number)