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The Justice Department is Suing Texas Over Voter ID

The Justice Department is Suing Texas Over Voter ID

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says the Department of Justice plans to sue the state of Texas over the state's voter identification law.

When the U.S. Supreme Court suspended some provisions of the Voting Rights Act it opened the door for the state to start enforcing the state law passed in 2011 that requires a state issued ID to vote.

Originally an injunction was filed against the law by a three-judge federal panel on the grounds of violating the Voting Rights Act.  That injunction was no longer valid after the Supreme Court struck down those applicable sections of the Voting Rights Act in their decision back in June.

The suit brought some harsh reaction from some of Texas’ top politicians.

Senator John Cornyn told Matt Patrick that, “This is hardball politics at its worst. You would expect more from the Attorney General.  The Supreme Court has already ruled on its legality and said it’s a common sense way to protect the integrity of the ballot.”

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott also had some choice words for Holder.

“Eric Holder is wrong to mess with Texas,” he said. “This won’t help minority voters. Instead it’s an attempt to help the Democrats win elections in 2014.”

Texas Representative Debbie Riddle helped draft the 2011 voter ID law and says the pending lawsuit against Texas, the Texas Secretary of State, and the Texas Department of Public Safety is punitive, "We are not the only ones, there are a multitude of other states that have voter ID."

Riddle also thinks that Holder’s priorities are not in order.

“Protecting our ballot box is important, and that’s why we passed the law. But I wonder why he’s not looking at Benghazi,” Riddle told KTRH.

Chad Dunn is the attorney that tried the case to the Federal Appeals Court when the original injunction was put in place, and says he is glad the Department of Justice has stepped in, "Texas has already been found both in it's redistricting and a court case on this very photo ID law to have intentionally discriminated against it's own residents."

The Department of Justice is also filing suit against the Texas redistricting plan which they say violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act as well as the voting guarantees in the 14th and 15th Amendments.

 

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