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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Perry should tell Holder and Obama to take a hike. No photo id no ballot and no vote.
If they require voter id then all voters mush show id not just some so the burden would be equally shared by everyone.
This is just more division from the executive branch.
I would dearly love for a state, any state, would tell Holder and Obama to got straight to hell. Do what is best for that state regardless.
Excuse me but how can you be “potentially 120%” less likely to have ID? Do they just pull numbers out of their backside because they think they sound impressive?
The last desperate punches of a bested man.
How is showing an ID racist..
I understand illegals but otherwise I just don’t get it.
If I didn’t know better, I’d think Obummer HATES Texas. Didn’t he just pull Millions out of a Houston Fundraiser? /s
That’s because Texas is crawling with illegals. I believe Kansas now requires a photo id. I haven’t voted recently, but it seems I’ve read that.
What percentage of Texans are citizens of Mexico?
Did you read about the 35 year old man beating up a 67 yr. old man during a concert at the Chicago Symphony?
What a bunch of bums occupy our nation’s capital and our president’s home town.
So nice of them to tell us the scope of the illegal alien vote. If I were Texas, I'd sample that population right away and provide the DOJ all the data it needs. Model it backwards for the consequences on prior elections. Then enforce the law and let them squeal.
“saying the state has failed to demonstrate that the the law is not discriminatory by design “
Rather than the state trying to prove a negative, shouldn’t the justice department be trying to prove that it IS discriminatory?
And, how can anyone survive without ID of any kind in the modern world? Seems impossible to me. You can’t cash a check. You can’t use a credit card. You can’t have a conversation with a police officer without being asked for ID. The idea that people don’t have ID and are actually citizens lacks credibility to me.
0bamao trampling the 9th and 10 amendments again!
I guess this means that Team Obama is banking on fraudulent voting to carry him into re-election in November.
The liberals have sure gotten away with a lot by using the race card. Now you have to prove that you’re NOT a racist. And you have to prove that a new law is NOT racist. That’s like boner proving he’s NOT going to cry.
Where does it say in the constitution that the president gets to decide which state laws are valid and which are not?
The time has passed where we comply and cooperate with tyrants. Expect Perry to tell them to shove it. We need some open resistance and soon.
That's OK - most of us Texans hate him back.
Texas should reply to Obama “We don’t care what you think”, and implement its law.
What can Obama do, other than stomping his girly feet in distress?
It’s time for Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience.
I’ve shown I’d in Ohio for years...gladly pull it out each time.
Two weeks ago, I was at a conventipon at one of the Disney hotels in Orlando. I had to show photo ID to get into the parking lot. I commented to the guard that most of my State Legislators don’t think I need this to vote, why should I have to show it to him just to park my car. Not to mention shoing it to board an airplane and get my hotel room, and rent the car.