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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Under the reserved powers of the Constitutution, elections are to be conducted by the states. IMO, in order for the Feds to step in, they must prove that the state law is a violation of CIVIL rights. The Feds are claiming the State of Texas has to prove a negative. That’s not the way it works. Gov. Perry should indeed tell Holder to stick it.
I’m beginning to believe these fundraisers are bogus. They’re getting their money from only a few sources. It was probably whispered to everyone at the fundraiser “You don’t have to pay. But don’t tell anyone else.”
It does discriminate against illegal Hispanic voters.
About 11 percent of Hispanic voters reportedly lack state-issued identification
Perry should shove it back and ask to show where its discrimination. What is the basis DOJs claim?
Go get an ID if they want to vote. Men and women paid the ultimate price to give and defend citizens the right to vote.
Who could’ve guessed this? (I think any of us...)
They tried the same thing in GA. We told them to kiss our grits. I just had to show ID to vote on March 6th.
So can a hispanic college student refuse to show an id at the bar?
Kinda goes back to states rights doesn’t it? Interesting concept that they don’t understand states rights. It’s a well known fact though that if you want to control the federal government, you have to control your individual states.
I agree, Rita. Hope we hear from Gov. Perry soon. This is outrageous...
By what authority do they “block” this law? This is a state issue. The states really need to start taking a strong stand against the DC dictatorship, and tell ‘em to come prevent election officials from showing away those that don’t have ID. They will get laughed out of Texas.
Thanks Sleeping Freeper, additional:
Will be interesting to see how Perry handles this
I think my plan is a good one: First gather and publicize the data that for certain will prove the DOJ contention is a bogus attempt to preserve a fraudulent vote.
Then tell them to shove it.
Under these rules, vampires can’t vote. And hispanics, apparently.
I just heard on the radio that the 0 administration failed to get the law stopped. Which is it?
The Voting Rights Act via the Fourteenth Amendment.
Whites have to do it.
Blacks have to do it.
Asians have to do it.
Hispanics can’t do it? Say what?
What makes them so inferior that they can’t comply with this?
I don’t consider them inferior. Do you consider them inferior?
Who considers them inferior? Oh that’s right, Barack Hussein Obama and his flying monkeys.
Get over your racists inclinations Mr. President. Come on, you can do it. Bring that baby blanket and binkie with you and crawl right into the 21st Century with the rest of us.