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After Lengthy Fight, DOJ Clears Texas’ Voter ID Law

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The Department of Justice will withdraw from a legal challenge to Texas’ voter ID law, after the state legislature enacted several legislative fixes to the law to assuage the Department’s concerns.

Reuters reports that the Department filed a motion informing the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas that it would withdraw from a challenge to the law because the state’s new amendment to the statute “removes any ‘discriminatory effect’ or intent the Court found … and advances Texas’s legitimate ‘policy objectives’ in adopting a voter ID law.” The amendment Texas adopted eased some of the law’s photo identification requirements.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found that the law had a discriminatory effect on minority voters, but remanded the question of discriminatory intent back to a lower court. Texas asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the ruling, but the justices passed on involving themselves in the case earlier in 2017. Chief Justice John Roberts strongly suggested the high court would eventually hear the case in a statement issued concurrently with the denial of review.

“The Department of Justice has completed the conversion from a vote protector to a vote suppressor,” said Matt Angle, director of the left-wing Lone Star Project. “By completely reversing its position on the discriminatory Texas voter ID law, the Trump/Sessions DOJ is now openly hostile to the notion of African Americans and Hispanics fairly participating in elections in Texas.”

The law allows individuals without a government-issued ID to cast ballots provided they sign an affidavit attesting to a reasonable impediment in obtaining an photo ID.

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  • MatFan

    Anyone who bothers to vote has ID. Arguing against voter ID is disingenuous — it is a smokescreen for Voter Fraud.

  • bilbo

    Hopefully this will at least cut down the illegal votes from the thousands to the hundreds. If there were any real consequences to these zealots casting multiple ballots, the number might drop into the tens.

  • S. Juliette

    You have to have a photo ID to apply for public housing, food stamps, WIC, social security benefits, open a bank account, board a plane, use a credit card, obtain a library card, go to the doctor, apply for a loan, obtain a hunting or fishing license, purchase alcohol, purchase a firearm, enroll in college etc.
    So I guess blacks and Hispanics in Texas never go to the doctor, never have bank accounts, never use credit….
    The state of Texas pays for half or all of the 17.00 fee for low income and disabled citizens, depending on your circumstances, but you do have to provide a birth certificate, naturalization papers etc.

  • geoh777

    “any real consequences”

    Those are reserved for white home owners with families.

  • Tesla_X

    Note filing a false affidavit is a felony, as is illegal voting.
    Illegals will have to ‘out’ themselves to vote demoncrat, and when caught,

    And a citizen only voting ONCE PER ELECTION has nothing to hide.