DoJ moves to block Texas voter-ID law

posted at 1:55 pm on March 12, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

The Department of Justice’s civil-rights division acted today to add Texas to its fight over voter-ID laws.  With South Carolina already suing the DoJ for interfering with its own voter-ID law, CRD chief Thomas Perez has filed an objection to Texas’ new regulation, presumably under Section 5 of the 1965 Civil Rights Act:

The Justice Department‘s civil rights division on Monday objected to a new photo ID requirement for voters in Texas because many Hispanic voters lack state-issued identification.

Texas follows South Carolina as the second state in recent months to become embroiled in a court battle with the Justice Department over new photo ID requirements for voters. …

The department had been reviewing the Texas law since last year and discussing the matter with state officials. In January, Texas officials sued U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, seeking a court judgment that the state’s recently enacted voter ID law was not discriminatory in purpose or effect.

As a state with a history of voter discrimination, Texas is required under section 5 of the Voting Rights Act to get advance approval of voting changes from either the Justice Department or the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.

We covered the fight over Section 5 at the end of last year.  Texas offers another test case for the continuation of the DoJ’s supervision of southern states nearly five decades after the CRA’s passage.  The Supreme Court nearly dismantled Section 5 in 2009, deciding to let the question rest for a more direct case than Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District v. Holder.  The decision in that case spoke about the court’s skepticism of the law, though, and in an 8-1 decision in which most of the liberal members of the court participated.  The importance of Section 5 is that without it, the DoJ would have to find explicit discrimination in voter laws in the southern states, rather than objecting on the basis that Perez “cannot conclude that the state has sustained its burden” of proving non-discrimination, akin to making the state — and the voters who approve such measures — prove its innocence.

There will be more test cases coming, as the Houston Chronicle points out.  Alabama has a voter-ID law coming into effect in 2014, and Mississippi voters have approved in principle a voter-ID law that the legislature has to finalize.  As more of the Section 5 states adopt laws that other states have passed — and that the Supreme Court has upheld, as in Crawford v. Marion County Election Board — the more pressure will fall on the Supreme Court to revoke Section 5 and put the burden on the Department of Justice to prove actual discriminatory intent equally for all states in this country.


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Didn’t the Bush/Gore legal flap in Florida have the Supreme Court determine that voting laws are the state’s prerogative and that Florida had failed to follow their own law. Tell Holder to read that decision.

Don L on March 12, 2012 at 3:39 PM

ALT, I think this all the time, but never bother to say it: Texas is lucky to have people like you come to live here.

It’s good we have you in our fight against Obama/Holder.

juliesa on March 12, 2012 at 3:39 PM

How about we all stand around at polling places with billy clubs and threaten voters? That seems to pass muster in Philly.

DanMan on March 12, 2012 at 3:40 PM

Before all, incl Holder get carried away, an ID doesn’t prove citizenship.

It s/b required to prove legal citizenship to vote in any election.

Schadenfreude on March 12, 2012 at 3:40 PM

Hey Holder – come and take it, beotch!

Eren on March 12, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Right after the voter fraud in Sheila Jackson Lee’s district in Texas came to light. How convenient.

Grunt on March 12, 2012 at 3:45 PM

I’v eben very goal about how bored I am with the primary since Perry dropped out. The remaining candidates are pretty Meh to me.

But Obama and Holder and are not boring. They really have to go. This is the kind of thing that fires me up not just to vote in the general, which I was planning to do anyway, but to vigorously campaign for whichever guy we nominate.

juliesa on March 12, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Can the Feds legally do this???

chai on March 12, 2012 at 3:46 PM

juliesa on March 12, 2012 at 3:46 PM

very “vocal”. I hate autocomplete.

juliesa on March 12, 2012 at 3:46 PM

because many Hispanic voters lack state-issued identification.

So, many Hispanic voters do not drive? Never purchase a pack of smokes? Never enter a liquor store? Never cash a check? Never purchase anything over a few bucks with a credit card? Never open an account at a bank? Buy property? Enlist in the armed forces? Enroll in college? Register the birth of a child? Sign their kid up for school?

This is nuts.

It is not at all about “protecting” the “right” of people who cannot “afford” or obtain identification to vote….it is all about ensuring that people who are most likely not eligible to vote are allowed to vote anyway. The liberal way.

How hard is it to get a proper ID in advance of a major election? They are held every two years, and every four years for the Presidential election. Not like they are first announced 24 hours prior.

And…somebody has to say it…the Democrats, progressives and liberals are saying publicly that Hispanics as well as Blacks are toooo stoooopid to figure out how to get a proper ID?

How’s about telling all of us that Hispanics and Blacks are too tanked up on cheap tequila or Colt45 to even think about getting proper ID and actually registering to vote well in advance of an election.

Maybe getting a proper ID is less important than putting more primer on the ’57 Chevy?

That sounds a bit racist on the part of those tolerable liberals.

How long will American citizens, yes, Hispanics and Blacks, American citizens, put up with being used daily by liberals so the liberals can screw them over again and again and again?

You guys OK with this vile stereotyping from the Left? Seriously?

Like being called stupid? Lazy? By your liberal plantation masters overlords, no less?

coldwarrior on March 12, 2012 at 3:49 PM

You can vote in Missouri by bringing in a utility bill as identification.

(it’s not very useful id.)

alwaysfiredup on March 12, 2012 at 3:37 PM

The proggies and ACORN no doubt have freeware to create utility bills on any computer, Mac/PC versions.

slickwillie2001 on March 12, 2012 at 3:51 PM

This is interesting since a white, WW II veteran was refused his Constitutionl right in Ohio last week because he had NO voter ID, even though he had a GI Veterans Benefits I.D. He was refused a ballot card because he has no current DL due to failing eyesight. This man was refused a ballot because he had NO VALID ID and therefore was prevented from voting. I never see the liberals OR the ACLU take up this kind of cause.Ironically, this law would allow ALL to vote legally applying the same standards. Isn’t this what liberals want ? Motor Voter is a clear example of a similar law with regard to registration. The logic carries over to Voter ID in my opinion.

I would think that the leftinistas like liberal4life would welcome this sort of equality, unless of course this lessens your legitimate chances. I simply don’t understand how the leftinistas think a voter ID card is anymore discriminatory than say a drivers license.I know I’d like to see it done by the states ONLY.

DevilsPrinciple on March 12, 2012 at 3:51 PM

DevilsPrinciple on March 12, 2012 at 3:51 PM

While I agree with you that libs too often care not a wink about any American who actually put on the uniform, perhaps you may wish to re-visit the Portage County Ohio voting case…the guy could have voted that day, easily, and with the assistance of several members of the community, but he got pissed off and made an issue of it all…and then walked out of the voting place in a huff because he couldn’t get a free pass on not bringing his glasses, not having updated his ID when it expired a couple months 3earlier and a few other things.

He was never denied being allowed to vote, he just refused to comply with the most simple of tasks in order to do so.

coldwarrior on March 12, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Didn’t the Bush/Gore legal flap in Florida have the Supreme Court determine that voting laws are the state’s prerogative and that Florida had failed to follow their own law. Tell Holder to read that decision.

Don L on March 12, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Actually what happened was that the Activist Democrat Judges on the All-Democrat Floriduh Supreme Court attempted to re-write Florida’s election laws after the election had already taken place.

Their 2 attempts to steal that election for Algore were Bitch-Slapped by SCOTUS, 9-0 and 7-2.

What’s so ironic is that Gore would have never needed to win Florida to become President had he not been rejected by the voters of his own home state of Tennessee.

Del Dolemonte on March 12, 2012 at 4:03 PM

coldwarrior on March 12, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Well, in that case, he’s SOL.Thanks for filling in the gaps.

DevilsPrinciple on March 12, 2012 at 4:13 PM

How exactly does one get by without state-issued identification? You can’t rent a car or even drive. You (in theory) can’t purchase alcohol. You can’t even get on a plane.

Happy Nomad on March 12, 2012 at 2:01 PM

I’m sure someone has already said it, but hell, you can’t even buy cold medicine without presenting photo identification that the pharmacist has to input into the computer, so you can sign an affidavit of legitimate use for Big Sis to rest assured you aren’t a meth- cooking fool.

totherightofthem on March 12, 2012 at 4:17 PM

What’s almost as ironic is that he was the incumbent VP of a two~time term President. Gore as President. Gag. I found his loss in Tennessee to be hilarious. The whole idea of poll workers looking at hanging chad and whether they were deemed “punched”. And the endless re~counts with none of them EVER favoring Gore.

DevilsPrinciple on March 12, 2012 at 4:20 PM

My lib friends are STAUNCHLY planted on the side of the DOJ/Obama over this !
If anyone has any good comebacks (truth and reason just haven’t cut through yet), I’m open.

pambi on March 12, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Two lines of response:
1) So, you are in favor of policies that ensure voter fraud remains as easy as possible? Can you provide any other reason why requiring ID to vote would be a burden other than making it harder to commit vote fraud?
2) So, you believe that minorities are incapable of performing the most basic of tasks? They are somehow able to buy alcohol and cigarettes, yet cannot get the ID required to vote? How is that?

AZfederalist on March 12, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Indiana has it and voter participation didn’t go down.

Wigglesworth on March 12, 2012 at 4:23 PM

The law is racist. I agree with Holder on this 100%

liberal4life on March 12, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Then, pharmacists that ask for i.d. before selling you your Actifed are racist, too, right? Man, you totally justify my view of the human race as overpopulated with idiots.

totherightofthem on March 12, 2012 at 4:23 PM

How exactly does one get by without state-issued identification? You can’t rent a car or even drive. You (in theory) can’t purchase alcohol. You can’t even get on a plane.

Happy Nomad on March 12, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Well, this man was 87 years old, retired from a successful business he owned and used a driver to get to the poll. Apparently, he felt he had nothing to worry about. After all, he probably figured that no one would question him.

You’re right though. It’s virtually impossible to be considered a valid person without legit state issued ID.

DevilsPrinciple on March 12, 2012 at 4:26 PM

I’m sure someone has already said it, but hell, you can’t even buy cold medicine without presenting photo identification that the pharmacist has to input into the computer, so you can sign an affidavit of legitimate use for Big Sis to rest assured you aren’t a meth- cooking fool.

totherightofthem on March 12, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Exactly right. I was in Wal-Mart on Saturday, and as usual I got Carded when I wanted to buy my Generic Sudafed. The box of 48 tablets cost $5.98.

A few minutes later, in the very same Wal-Mart, I purchased over $175 worth of photo equipment.

The only “ID” I had to present was my credit card.

Del Dolemonte on March 12, 2012 at 4:30 PM

One other point I should make is the Texas law is modeled after the Indiana law which was upheld by the Supreme Court.

Wigglesworth on March 12, 2012 at 4:30 PM

The Justice Department‘s civil rights division on Monday objected to a new photo ID requirement for voters in Texas because many Hispanic voters lack state-issued identification.

What do the NBPP think about this law? Are they ready to enforce it?

ted c on March 12, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Vote fraud definitely happens. Lady from our church went to vote and found that her mother had voted. Funny thing that. Her mother had passed away recently. The roles hadn’t been purged yet, so the name still showed up on the precinct record.

But I’m sure voter ID couldn’t have stopped something like that, no sirree,not at all. /s

AZfederalist on March 12, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Holder is a racist and any law that will insure fair and honest voter integrity is not on his agenda. Holder picks and chooses the laws he will enforce by the color of one’s skin. Never in our history has the Justice Department sued this many states to keep them from enforcing laws that are designed to alleviate illegal behavior. Fast and Furious reinforced his incompetence and these suits against states reinforces he is racist to the core.

volsense on March 12, 2012 at 4:37 PM

How about allowing medical insurance cards as ID? Everyone has to have one of them now anyway.

foreman3 on March 12, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Why don’t we just allow WIC, Foodstamp, Medicaid, and general Welfare cards as ID? That would serve the liberal purpose to a tee, and the poor put upon minorities just might be able to figure out how to get one of those.

No condescension intended. Just pointing out how condescending the libtards are.

NOMOBO on March 12, 2012 at 4:40 PM

You mean to Obama Department of Justice pursues blatantly racist policies?!?

I am shocked, shocked!. . .

Of course I’d be even more shocked if our conservative “leadership” didn’t sit around cowering in a corner too scared of being called “racists” by the actual racists in this administration to fight back.

constitutionalconservative on March 12, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Sharpton must be giddy

cmsinaz on March 12, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Since when does tha P.O.S care about Hispanics? He sends thousands of weapons to arm the Narcos to kill as many as they can. (Who cares. They’re only Mexicans) Then pretends that he stands up for their right to vote? Vote for who?

Oh, Lord. Let they’re time be brief and let retribution be swift.

Kuffar on March 12, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Then, pharmacists that ask for i.d. before selling you your Actifed are racist, too, right? Man, you totally justify my view of the human race as overpopulated with idiots.

totherightofthem on March 12, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Unfortunately, many of them are useful to certain groups and people.

MessesWithTexas on March 12, 2012 at 4:59 PM

The law is racist. I agree with Holder on this 100%

liberal4life on March 12, 2012 at 2:06 PM
Then, pharmacists that ask for i.d. before selling you your Actifed are racist, too, right? Man, you totally justify my view of the human race as overpopulated with idiots.

totherightofthem on March 12, 2012 at 4:23 PM

…it’s ok…it’s okay! lobotomy4life had to actually get a license in stupidity!…lobotomy was an experiment in Artificial Stupidity…and you know how the EPA is now days!
The experiment is working!

KOOLAID2 on March 12, 2012 at 5:00 PM

If an ID is not needed, why must you be registered to vote? Why not allow total “freedom” to all by requiring that anyone who shows up at the polls be allowed to vote! No name matching, no age verification, no qualifications of any kind required. Register guns not voters!!!

But wait. Requiring people to show up to vote is discriminatory to (who else) minorities who are obviously too uneducated (the bigotry of low expectations) or too poor to figure out how to get to the polling places or to find free transportation to get them there. Therefore, we should have the ballots taken to them. Unionized government employees would go door to door to every home, shack, cardboard box on the side of the road, street grate and highway underpass to provide these folks the opportunity to vote. And vote they will, whether they like it or not. And if they refuse to vote, then obviously they were frightened to not vote by evil conservative republicans. Therefore, their ballots will automatically be entered as votes for those in opposition.

Problem solved!

lonestarleeroy on March 12, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Problem solved!

lonestarleeroy on March 12, 2012 at 5:02 PM

How’d you find out about Obama’s master plan to keep the Dems in office for the next couple centuries?

[This plan brought to you by The SEIU…we’re the thugs in purple.]

coldwarrior on March 12, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Holder is a racist and any law that will insure fair and honest voter integrity is not on his agenda. Holder picks and chooses the laws he will enforce by the color of one’s skin. Never in our history has the Justice Department sued this many states to keep them from enforcing laws that are designed to alleviate illegal behavior. Fast and Furious reinforced his incompetence and these suits against states reinforces he is racist to the core.

volsense on March 12, 2012 at 4:37 PM

The real racist is Tom Perez, asst. AG for civil rights. He is behind this. Not saying Holder didn’t apporve but Perez ordered up the bogus statistics. He is the one fighting the redistricting in Texas as well.

rockmom on March 12, 2012 at 5:12 PM

How about we all stand around at polling places with billy clubs and threaten voters? That seems to pass muster in Philly.

DanMan on March 12, 2012 at 3:40 PM

That passes the DOJ’s Critical Race Theory standard, espoused by racist Derrick Bell and implemented by racists Obama and Holder, with the expected support of fellow traveler justice of our supreme court Kagan. According to all of them, it is impossible for blacks to commits racist acts against whites. Blacks accused of racially motivated crimes against whites are entitled to have their cases dismissed because the judicial system is rigged to help whites at the expense of blacks.

GaltBlvnAtty on March 12, 2012 at 5:15 PM

10-15% Hispanics don’t have IDs in Texas. They are the illegal aliens and can’t vote! Give me a f’n break. Any legal person interested in voting, can go get an ID. Oh, I forgot, democratic voters are too retarded.

Do the dead people voting in Illinois for Obama have photos Ids? I’d love to see one of them.

Photo IDs would kill any hope of democrats ever getting anybody elected.

txdoc on March 12, 2012 at 5:15 PM

I can’t wait to see how they try to stop Pennsylvania from implementing the same law, which is about to pass and be signed by Gov. Corbett.

rockmom on March 12, 2012 at 5:16 PM

The law is racist. I agree with Holder on this 100%

liberal4life on March 12, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Ah yes, the soft bigotry of low expectations. Are you saying that minorities are incapable of owning identification? You would agree with Holder if he said the moon was edible, 100%.

jazzuscounty on March 12, 2012 at 5:20 PM

OT – How not to be a moocher/looter.

Schadenfreude on March 12, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Fitting that Section 5 is going to come to and end, and jammed up Holder’s rear end.

GarandFan on March 12, 2012 at 5:33 PM

I’m guessing that a large percentage of those Hispanics who lack a state issued I.D. do not suffer the same deficit when it comes to obtaining state issued benefits. Seems to me if they can get food stamps or housing assistance or enroll their kids in school or Medicaid, they can figure out how to get an I.D.

natasha333 on March 12, 2012 at 5:38 PM

The law is racist. I agree with Holder on this 100%

liberal4life on March 12, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Have you ever disagreed with Obama or a Democrat’s charge that something is racist?/

Don’t bother .

CW on March 12, 2012 at 5:47 PM

The Department of Injustice. Holder has to go before he tilts the scale of justice so far that it can’t be righted.

Alferd Packer on March 12, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Seems to me if they can get food stamps or housing assistance or enroll their kids in school or Medicaid, they can figure out how to get an I.D.

Our local paper (Houston Comical) editorializes endlessly about the scourge of voter ID and the need for open voting day registration. When they list reasons to not have voter ID, they helpfully take the defendant’s side and mention people with warrants don’t want to be harrassed by the legal system. Just by getting a driver’s license you can get registered, which they pushed for years ago. But having a warrant or a record is an excuse not to have an ID. This is how liberals think.

DanMan on March 12, 2012 at 6:00 PM

This infuriates me! It is none of Holder’s business how our State handles this. The Voting Rights Act is outdated and needs to be repealed. Texas had in place a plan to distribute official State ID cards to any LEGAL citizen that needed them at no cost to the citizen. What a croc Holder!!!

Susanboo on March 12, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Of course . . . the corrupt justice department doesn’t want Obama to lose all those illegal alien and dead people votes. This country is sick.

rplat on March 12, 2012 at 6:02 PM

lonestarleeroy on March 12, 2012 at 5:02 PM

I remember a couple of years ago all the census workers cruising the back streets of Houston trying to determine how many people they should count in places they had no access to. There will be many fictional voters coming out of the places you mentioned and somehow I bet they all votes as disenfranchised minorities targeted by voter ID laws.

DanMan on March 12, 2012 at 6:06 PM

The DOJ, (lead by a racist, law-breaking, probable abetter of murder),says what?…and why should Texas care?

trl on March 12, 2012 at 6:14 PM

juliesa on March 12, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Why thank you, Ma’am!

annoyinglittletwerp on March 12, 2012 at 6:18 PM

…justice department doesn’t want Obama to lose all those illegal alien and dead people votes…

rplat on March 12, 2012 at 6:02 PM

WOW! I almost forgot the DEAD. Another reason photo IDs are wrong. What poll worker would want to look at pictures of zombies all day long? Not to mention the fact that the real zombies are the ones on the ballot!

lonestarleeroy on March 12, 2012 at 6:20 PM

The justice department is a lackey for the Communist left Executive Committee….. the tree of liberty needs to be fed. I’m serious.

MNDavenotPC on March 12, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Doesn’t this violate Equal Protection? The requirements are the same for everyone, yet because statistics show one ethnic group might possibly be affected by correct application of the law then it can’t stand. That’s saying that one particular ethnic group is entitled to more protection than the others. Effectively making them a privileged class.

sartana on March 12, 2012 at 6:23 PM

Translation-with a voter ID card Mexican drug dealers and gun runners can’t sneak over the border in November, vote for Obama, sneak back home again and continue causing murder and mayhem-and all before nightfall!

MaiDee on March 12, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Does Eric Holder ever change facial expressions?

JellyToast on March 12, 2012 at 6:38 PM

JellyToast on March 12, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Holder is one of the lizard people.

coldwarrior on March 12, 2012 at 6:40 PM

The law is racist. I agree with Holder on this 100%

liberal4life on March 12, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Really. You realize that all those same poor people who apply to get government assistance need to supply a legal ID and a certified birth certificate or naturalization papers. So they already have legal ID. How is it racist to ask them to pull it out and show it when they vote.

chemman on March 12, 2012 at 6:57 PM

The State of Texas should now – immediately – move in federal court to get the federal requirement for identification when buying a gun thrown out. DOJ has already made their case for them.

PersonFromPorlock on March 12, 2012 at 7:03 PM

The Justice Department‘s civil rights division on Monday objected to a new photo ID requirement for voters in Texas because many Hispanic voters lack state-issued identification.

… and citizenship

Oxymoron on March 12, 2012 at 7:06 PM

It’s the year 2012. We are in 21st century, clear? Well, some of us are definitely not:

In Alabama, only 67% want interracial marriage to be legal. In Mississippi that number falls to 54%. I’m sure if someone polls Texas, apart from few urban areas, the results would be similar.

Of course their voter ID laws are racists. A good chunk of them are openly racist. Same law in NY is fine to consider, but these backwards dbags don’t deserve it.

Poll for reference:

http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/pdf/2011/PPP_Release_SouthernSwing_312.pdf

lester on March 12, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Of course their voter ID laws are racists. A good chunk of them are openly racist. Same law in NY is fine to consider, but these backwards dbags don’t deserve it.

lester on March 12, 2012 at 7:14 PM

What an elitist snob.

GaltBlvnAtty on March 12, 2012 at 7:27 PM

This issue may come back to bite Obama. Blatantly enabling vote fraud like this only plays well with Lefttards.

WannabeAnglican on March 12, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Of course their voter ID laws are racists. A good chunk of them are openly racist. Same law in NY is fine to consider, but these backwards dbags don’t deserve it.

lester on March 12, 2012 at 7:14 PM

What an elitist snob.

GaltBlvnAtty on March 12, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Took the words right out of my mouth

whbates on March 12, 2012 at 7:32 PM

In Alabama, only 67% want interracial marriage to be legal. In Mississippi that number falls to 54%. I’m sure if someone polls Texas, apart from few urban areas, the results would be similar.

Of course their voter ID laws are racists. A good chunk of them are openly racist. Same law in NY is fine to consider, but these backwards dbags don’t deserve it.

Poll for reference:

http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/pdf/2011/PPP_Release_SouthernSwing_312.pdf

lester on March 12, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Why did those “pollsters” ask the respondents in Alabama about who they cheered for in football?

F-

Del Dolemonte on March 12, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Attention Texas: If at first you don’t secede, try try again!

Decoski on March 12, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Holder is a feminine hygiene product!

MCGIRV on March 12, 2012 at 7:58 PM

I’m Latino (for purposes of this comment, though I’m an American first), and I’ve had a Texas ID/driver’s license since I was 16.

What’s so hard or opprssing about getting one?

madmonkphotog on March 12, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Were I the Governor of our great state, I would call the White House, indentify myself, and leave the following message “Tell Zero to go to Hell. We’re going to check IDs. Have a nice day or a sucky day. Makes me no difference. Bye.”

Babsy on March 12, 2012 at 8:17 PM

I think it’s pretty freakin’ racist to assume people who aren’t white can’t get ID.

But we all know the real reason is the left can’t keep their power without vote fraud, so they fight *every* attempt to reduce vote fraud.

Merovign on March 12, 2012 at 8:24 PM

I’m sure if someone polls Texas, apart from few urban areas, the results would be similar.
lester on March 12, 2012 at 7:14 PM

You are a windbag who is sure of nothing.

jazzuscounty on March 12, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Having an identification card or driver’s license is so white and so old fashioned. Everyone should ride the bus and then you wouldn’t need a driver’s license.

/

Dack Thrombosis on March 12, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Oh my…zingers, +1.

MooCowBang on March 12, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Every day, it seems, this Justice Department under Holder and Obama, is warring against the citizens of America. Suing states, refusing to enforce voter intimidation of the New Black Panthers, Fast & Furious.
Now they are trying to demonize states that are trying to stop voter fraud.
The Democrats, the libs, want to continue the corrupt practices of:
* dead people voting
* people voting more than once
* illegals voting

Voter fraud is rampant, it happens all the time in states with no ID laws!
You may ask, why are the libs against a simple step of an ID?
THEY HAVE DECIDED THEY CAN’T WIN IN MANY CASES WITHOUT CHEATING!
What words come to mind when I think of Holder and the libs?
Cheating scum comes to mind.

Mark7788 on March 12, 2012 at 11:06 PM

I suppose the DOJ thinks that the NM vote rigging was just a fluke.

What ID did those 20 critical votes use? I wonder.

nor on March 12, 2012 at 11:16 PM

I guess you don’t need a photo ID to buy a bus ticket.

Tc0061 on March 12, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Other than stealing a car and hitchhiking, paying cash on the Hound is the last anonymous method of long-distance travel left in America.

cane_loader on March 13, 2012 at 12:07 AM

People who decide to check out of society enough to not obtain the basic currency – an ID, have no business being allowed to vote on that society’s rules and representatives. If 50% of Hispanics don’t have IDs then hell no they shouldn’t be allowed to vote. After that, it should be investigated as to why they don’t have IDs.

Perez sounds like a racist.

cane_loader on March 13, 2012 at 12:11 AM

What really, really, really gets my goad is that the Democrats did all of the horrible things back in the early part of the 20th century that made the voting rights act necessary. And, yet, the Republicans today are constantly under scrutiny and threats by the same law under a Democratic DOJ. They do the crime and we have to do the time- with them as the guards. It is insanely unfair. I pray that they strike this archaic law down.

Theophile on March 13, 2012 at 2:09 AM

Holder, investigate thyself!

I guess if liars like Holder can vote we might as well let everyone else vote as well (regardless of everything).

Heck, let the undocumented Martians vote why don’t we?

Sherman1864 on March 13, 2012 at 8:01 AM

This is my advice as a campaign worker. I am not in charge of anything where I live, but this is what I see, and people working with me see.

When we make campaign calls, there are huge patterns in some neighborhoods, where the voter registration lists we get, do not match up very well with the people who pick up the phone.

The campaigns in Texas have to make an effort to contact those residents, and then notify the Town Clerk that the voter is gone.
The Town Clerk is responsible for the integrity of the election, the pressure should be put in your little town to get it correct, and then help out with the city precincts.

Talk with your campaign about this feedback, every campaign sees this, and if you are letting it go, you are responsible for the errors.

Poll watchers can be ready with the names of people that don’t live there for challenges. You could also run advertisement telling people the date to be registered for the election, and emphasize that they must be entitled to vote, some countries require citizens to vote and that is what they are used to, they think they HAVE to vote, and some people don’t know they need to vote from their correct address. Some people move and they don’t change it, or register a second place.

You have time to work on this in your own community. Voter registration is public record.

You have time to train your poll watchers within the laws the DOJ approves of, unless they go after those too.

Fleuries on March 13, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Other than stealing a car and hitchhiking, paying cash on the Hound is the last anonymous method of long-distance travel left in America.

cane_loader on March 13, 2012 at 12:07 AM

Ain’t that the truth. City buses even have cameras now, in case some drug-addled Section 8 rider loses his marbles en route.

MelonCollie on March 13, 2012 at 10:55 AM

To make it easier, the Obama DOJ today has issued new guidelines for what a legitimate voting law should look like:

1) if you have identification, you are not allowed to vote.

2) if you don’t have any identification whatsoever, you can vote.

That is all, carry on.

In related news, banks, video rental stores, liquor stores, nightclubs, car rental agencies, notaries, federal gov’t buildings, libraries, AND HUNDREDS OF OTHER DAILY FUNCTIONS that require id cards, have suddenly stated that they are no longer going to require ID cards.

Like when you vote, when you go to buy beer, you just tell the clerk that you are over 21, and they have to take your word for it.

When you want to cash a check, same thing.

Rent a car? Same thing

Get a legal document notarized? Same thing.

Enter a federal building – same thing.

Check out library books – just tell the librarian your name – no need for an ID or pesky little library card.

Are liberals even serious? This kind of thing just demonstrates how dishonest they are. The idea that in 2012 anyone in America, who is a legal citizen and is legally entitled to vote, cannot obtain a state-issued photo identification is so factually and intellectually dishonest, that I am surprised we are forced to discuss this and argue it as if it is a real thing.

Once again I say to my liberal brethren – when every facet of your ideology requires you to be dishonest, when you must argue such inherently dishonest things, doesn’t that ever make you question yourself and your ideology? Does it ever occur to you that when you have to lie to win an argument or push a policy, that argument and/or policy cannot possibly be a good one? That if it were a good policy, you would not need to lie to support it?

Monkeytoe on March 13, 2012 at 11:08 AM

I’m Latino (for purposes of this comment, though I’m an American first), and I’ve had a Texas ID/driver’s license since I was 16.

What’s so hard or oppressing about getting one?

madmonkphotog on March 12, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Thank you for that dose of sane reality. You are a great American!

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on March 13, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Attention Texas: If at first you don’t secede, try try again!

Decoski on March 12, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Perry needs to bring this up again. It’ll never happen but it does make liberals heads explode every time.

CorporatePiggy on March 13, 2012 at 1:19 PM

An example of political thugs taking over Justice. Honest staff (if any) should resign in protest. Obama and Holder, master and man.

StevC on March 13, 2012 at 2:35 PM

If at first you don’t secede, try try again.

Decoski on March 12, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Attention Texas: If at first you don’t secede, try try again!

Decoski on March 12, 2012 at 7:49 PM

What, you didn’t get any bites the first time trolling, so you had to try try again?

cptacek on March 14, 2012 at 4:42 PM

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