Skip to comments.Texas voter ID fight returning to federal court
Posted on 07/08/2012 12:06:15 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
........TexasAttorneyGeneralGregAbbott argues that the state has a responsibility to guard against election fraud, and that its new law is not subject to Justice Department review under Section 5 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. That provision, which has angered Southern conservatives for decades, requires jurisdictions with a historical pattern of discrimination to win federal "pre-clearance" from the JusticeDepartment or a federal court in Washington,D.C., before implementing changes in voting laws or political lines.
Southern states, led by Alabama, have argued that Section 5 is a violation of states' rights. Texas Republicans have charged that President BarackObama's Justice Department has manipulated its powers under the Voting Rights Act to benefit Democrats.
"Instead of attacking Texas for enforcing the law, the DepartmentofJustice should learn from the Lone Star State and focus its resources on protecting the integrity of the electoral system nationwide," said Republican U.S. Rep. Ted Poe, of Humble.
.....Thirty-one states require voters to show identification at the polls, including 15 that require photo ID. The U.S.SupremeCourt upheld the right of states to require identification cards in a 2008 Indiana case, but the JusticeDepartment has rebuffed laws in two states covered by the Voting Rights Act, Texas and South Carolina. New ID laws in Mississippi and Florida are awaiting Justice Department action.
.....The protracted legal battle over Texas' voter ID law resumes Monday at the federal courthouse in Washington. Adding to the heightened tension around the case is sharp conservative criticism of the Justice Department for using the data firm Catalist, a firm with strong Democratic ties, to analyze the impact of the ID law. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, joined with Poe last week in a letter to AttorneyGeneral Eric Holder calling the use of a Democratic firm "unacceptable" and a "conflict of interest.".....
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Catalist LIBERAL client list.....
Who run's Catalist? Press Release February 15th, 2012 - Statement on Chairman of the Board of Catalist Stepping Down Replaced by Co-Chairs Bauman and Podhorzer.
(Washington, DC)Catalist, the premier data provider to the progressive movement, today announced that after seven years, founding Chairman of the Board, Albert Dwoskin, President and CEO of A.J. Dwoskin & Associates, is stepping down from the Board to focus his attention on his many other business and philanthropic endeavors. New co-chairs of the Board, Patricia Bauman, President of the Bauman Foundation, and Mike Podhorzer, Political Director of the AFL-CIO, will replace Dwoskin. Bauman and Podhorzer are current Board members. Dwoskin has led the board since the inception of Catalist in 2006.
Supreme Court upholds voter ID law (4/28/08) "The Supreme Court ruled that states can require voters to produce photo identification without violating their constitutional rights, validating Republican-inspired voter ID laws.
In a splintered 6-3 ruling, the court upheld Indianas strict photo ID requirement, which Democrats and civil rights groups said would deter poor, older and minority voters from casting ballots. Its backers said it was needed to prevent fraud.
It was the most important voting rights case since the Bush v. Gore dispute that sealed the 2000 election for George W. Bush. But the voter ID ruling lacked the conservative-liberal split that marked the 2000 case.
The law is amply justified by the valid interest in protecting the integrity and reliability of the electoral process, Justice John Paul Stevens said in an opinion that was joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and Anthony Kennedy. Stevens was a dissenter in Bush v. Gore in 2000.
Justices Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas also agreed with the outcome, but wrote separately.
Justices Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and David Souter dissented, just as they did in 2000."..................
Michigan has required voter ID drivers license for the last 2 years and isn’t on the map....
Thanks for the postings, CW!
The map notes it is showing states with recently passed voter ID bills.
I just re-read the graphic’s notation. It should list all states with Photo Voter ID laws, but doesn’t have Michigan.
Thank you for the information.
“...Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, joined with Poe last week in a letter to AttorneyGeneral Eric Holder calling the use of a Democratic firm “unacceptable” and a “conflict of interest.”.....”
The letter really said DemocratIC?
As long as i have been registered to vote in Florida (1978), I have never been able to vote without a picture ID. Could the authors have assumed that none were in effect before the current wave of legislation?
Upon further investigation there are two classifications of Photo ID. One as strict and the other as not. I do know in my county, the voter registration laws are tied to the info on your Drivers License. I suppose that if you do not have or need a license, that some other accredited Photo ID will work but your ballot will be considered provisional and not counted until your ID is verified by the Supervisor of Elections office and that not more than one ballot for said person is submitted.
Isnt it telling that the Democrat Party which gave us the KKK, Jim Crow laws, Bull Conner, Orval Faubus, and George Wallace is now telling us that minorities are too stupid to obtain state issued voter IDs?
Blame the RINO douchebags who ran the GOP House in 2006, and George W. Bush, who passed a despicable 25 YEAR EXTENSION of this provision, and the entire obsolete Voting Rights Act, despite the efforts of Reps. Lynn Westmoreland and Steve King to delete the provision.
Look at the group of scumbags surrounding the idiot Bush in the photo below, as he signed this despicable act. Truly a profile in cowardice that defined his 2nd term, as the GOP was terrified of "looking racist" and still ended up losing the Congress that year. IDIOTS.
VOTER ID SHOULD BE THE LAW IN ALL STATES. Any transaction you make requires a photo ID. The most important of these is the right to vote. The obvious speaks for itself the rats need the illegal vote to win any election now more than ever. Amost important task is to get a voter ID requirement written into law in each state
Lindsey Grahamnesty is right in there. No surprise.
that map is worng as we’ve had to show photo ID drivers license for eyars ere in FL.
Utah requires photo ID to vote: driver’s license, state-issued ID card or military ID.
You are very welcome and passionate I remember your name from the Governor Perry days....:P)