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Tue Jan 24, 2012, 01:54 PM

Texas Sues USA Over Photo ID Voting Law

Texas Sues USA Over Photo ID Voting Law


(CN) - Texas sued the Department of Justice on Monday, claiming the U.S. attorney general is taking too long to clear the state's controversial photo-ID voter identification law.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott asked the District of Columbia Federal Court to clear the law, claiming that similar measures exist in other states.

Gov. Rick Perry signed the Voter-ID Law into law in May. It requires Texans to show a government-issued photo ID to vote. Voters who suffer from a documented disability are exempt.

Texas is one of several Southern states that require clearance from the Department of Justice or the D.C. Federal Court before it can change its voting laws. The federal Voting Rights Act requires such clearance from states that have a history of discrimination.

http://www.courthousenews.com/2012/01/24/43277.htm

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 02:06 PM

1. Whine whine whine

There is a reason our state is included in that list of states that require clearance to change its voting law.
Lyndon Johnson, also a Texan, knew full well that our state belonged on that list. Rick Perry is proof that
it still deserves to be on that list.

If the intent of Perry and the Republican legislature were NOT to make it more difficult for Democrats to vote,
they wouldn't even have bothered with a new law. I don't know if anyone outside of Texas is being fooled here,
but none of us are.

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Response to DFW (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 02:07 PM

2. +1

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 02:24 PM

3. I hope this puts their law on a fast track to rejection.

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Response to qb (Reply #3)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 02:34 PM

4. Tennessee has a similar law, but isn't on the list to be reviewed.

Question: if the Texas law is struck down, then can opponents of the Tennessee law use that to repeal our own arcane Photo-ID law since Tennessee doesn't not have to go into review?

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