Justice Department Sues Texas Over Voter ID
Posted in the Minneapolis Forum
#1 Aug 22, 2013
The U.S. Department of Justice sued Thursday to stop Texas’ restrictive voter ID law, which was quickly revived in June after the U.S. Supreme Court gutted a key section of the Voting Rights Act that allowed the federal government to decide if voting changes in states like Texas are discriminatory. Texas announced just two hours after the Court’s ruling that it would enact the controversial law even though the DOJ and several judges agreed the law targeted low-income African Americans and Latinos who do not possess the required ID.
Though the Supreme Court invalidated the VRA’s formula for designating which districts have a history of discrimination and are required to “pre-clear” their election law changes with the federal government, the DOJ is taking advantage of the sections that still stand. The new lawsuit charges that Texas’ voter ID law violates Section 2, which bans any election law meant to discriminate based on race, as well as the Fourteenth Amendment’s voting guarantees.
The lawsuit, if successful, would block Texas from enforcing the voter ID law. If the court agrees that the law was meant to hurt minorities, the proof of intentional discrimination could be enough to re-instate the preclearance requirement for Texas, as Section 3 of the VRA allows states to be “bailed in” if a court has found that the state is using their election law to discriminate against minorities. However, the DOJ will not only have to prove the law disproportionately targets minorities, but will also have to prove that lawmakers specifically intended to do so.
Texas’ voter ID law is among the strictest in the nation. One analysis found that at least 10 percent of registered voters in 27 Texas counties might be banned from voting by the ID requirement.
#2 Aug 26, 2013
I see Texas is going blue now too.
#3 Aug 26, 2013
The lawsuit by the U.S. Department of Justice is meant to insure lax voter laws so that illegal immigrants can vote and Democrats will win.
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