Texas voter ID law blocked by Justice Department

The Justice Department on Monday blocked a new law that requires voters to produce photo identification before they cast their votes. The Obama administration cited the Hispanic communities as a reason; the Hispanic community generally do not possess any Government issued photo-id such as driver’s licence, military ID or passport. The actual law was passed in May, 2011 making it mandatory for voters to carry a state issued photo-id.

This decision follows suit on a similar move made in South Carolina in December. These laws have been part of the Republican ideology to bring in reforms to cut down on voter fraud.

The current case in point is Texas, which has a huge Hispanic population. They make up 2.8 million of the total registered voters of 12.8 million, which is at least 11 percent of the total voters.

“Hispanic registered voters are more than twice as likely as non-Hispanic registered voters to lack such identification,” Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez, head of the department’s civil rights division wrote to the Texas director of elections outlining his displeasure over the move.


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