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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Time for Texas, and the rest of the red states, to exercise the tenth amendment.

Rebar on March 12, 2012 at 1:56 PM

Blacks and Hispanic don’t go to banks and get money out of their checking account according to Holder.

BroncosRock on March 12, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Keep it up Obama Napoleon of the west part deux.

cozmo on March 12, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Interesting. Here in Ohio’s 9th District I just had to show my driver’s license to vote last week. And I took an issues only ballot.

rbj on March 12, 2012 at 1:59 PM

In FL we have a voter ID law. When we vote we have to show a photo ID, our voter registration card, and then we have to sign in on the roster next to our printed name.

To my knowledge the FL has never been challenged. Does anyone know the differences (if there are any) with the TX law or the law in these other Southern states?

INC on March 12, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Unexpectedly.
I’m so sick and disgusted by these people !!
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

Too bad this isn’t an election year…

… this would make a devastating political ad against Obowma and his administration.

What…? Oh.

/

Seven Percent Solution on March 12, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Texas should not recognize the Justice Dept’s decision and make the federal government enforce it. Strong governors mandating recognition of the 10th amendment is the only path against a Federal government drunk with power.

Meat Fighter on March 12, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Wonder what reason they’ll give if ours passes in November.

Go Texas!

gophergirl on March 12, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Blacks and Hispanic don’t go to banks and get money out of their checking account according to Holder.

BroncosRock on March 12, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Nor do they buy beer or cigarettes or travel on airplanes. Or do any number of a dozen common-every-day-things which require photo ID.

gwelf on March 12, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Obama has declared war on Texas. I’m not sure if you posted this one Ed.

Obama administration to end funding for Texas health program over state’s abortion law

JPeterman on March 12, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Rebar, you beat me to it.

Meat Fighter on March 12, 2012 at 2:00 PM

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.

The only goal for these people is winning the 2012 election.

World peace, the fate of the world’s largest economy, or it’s citizens, are all secondary.

Mord on March 12, 2012 at 2:00 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.

Certain minority groups killed by guns from the DOJ’s Fast and Furious scandal – Okay.

Certain minority groups unable to vote because they can’t get ID that used everywhere else in the community -BAD!

Colbyjack on March 12, 2012 at 2:00 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.

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.

This is clearly a bogus ruling designed by the White House to allow illegals to vote for Obama come November.

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

Dem opposition to voter ID laws are like GOP opposition to gay marriage. Both issues are major losers and serve to alienate moderates and independents.

Go RBNY on March 12, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Holder needs to go…

MGardner on March 12, 2012 at 2:01 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

Obama has declared war on Texas.

JPeterman on March 12, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Over many things, as soon as he took office.

cozmo on March 12, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Holder and Obama are thugs, out for votes only, not for equality, the law, freedom, true liberalism, progress and education.

Schadenfreude on March 12, 2012 at 2:02 PM

I’m sure that Perry and his ‘team’ already have something in the works.
DON’T EFF WITH TEXAS!!!

annoyinglittletwerp on March 12, 2012 at 2:02 PM

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.

Guilty until proven innocent… isn’t that a tenet of Sharia law? Then what’s the big deal about the current U.S. Department of Justice pushing this, then?

Honestly.

parke on March 12, 2012 at 2:02 PM

ernesto will be out in force.

Schadenfreude on March 12, 2012 at 2:02 PM

don’t go to banks and get money out of their checking account according to Holder.

BroncosRock on March 12, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Or Travel on airlines or buy alcohol or…

Chip on March 12, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Obama has declared war on Texas. I’m not sure if you posted this one Ed.

Obama administration to end funding for Texas health program over state’s abortion law

JPeterman on March 12, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Perry has already said that he’s not backing down on that.
Ballz. Of. Steel.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 12, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Odd that hispanics have an ID for everything else. You know, rent, buy a house, turn on utilities, get a phone, get a credit card, go to school, open a bank account, buy a car, apply for entitlements, buy a gun, rent a car, get a hotel room, buy an airline ticket …

Just odd.

darwin on March 12, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Mandate….as only a progressive can dictate!

dmann on March 12, 2012 at 2:04 PM

THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!…and then came Holder & Herkel…

KOOLAID2 on March 12, 2012 at 2:04 PM

Dem opposition to voter ID laws are like GOP opposition to gay marriage. Both issues are major losers and serve to alienate moderates and independents.

Go RBNY on March 12, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Considering that 32 states had popular referendum on gay marriage, and it was defeated in all of them, the GOP’s favoring traditional marriage is a winning issue.

Rebar on March 12, 2012 at 2:04 PM

JPeterman, on the other hand, look how many billions Georgia just received.

Schadenfreude on March 12, 2012 at 2:05 PM

They are out in the open now for everyone to see. So it begins,next they challenge existing ID laws. No way to prevent voter fraud without picture ID.

LSUMama on March 12, 2012 at 2:05 PM

If you haven’t done so, already, please read Breitbart.com re: Critical Race Theory.

It explains everything, from Obamuh’s Supreme Court nominations, to the failure of the DOJ to prosecute the New Black Panthers.

And, it explains this thread, too.

These racist, Communists have declared war on the Constitution and our way of life.

If they win, America falls.

OhEssYouCowboys on March 12, 2012 at 2:05 PM

It just appears that the DOJ thinks blacks and hispanics can’t do anything by themselves and need a democrats to help them.

darwin on March 12, 2012 at 2:05 PM

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

liberal4life on March 12, 2012 at 2:06 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.

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.

This is clearly a bogus ruling designed by the White House to allow illegals to vote for Obama come November.

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

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It should be plainly obvious that Obama is looking to the Illegal Invader vote.

Galt2009 on March 12, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Its all about power and control, never doubt that.

dmann on March 12, 2012 at 2:07 PM

If they win, America falls.

OhEssYouCowboys on March 12, 2012 at 2:05 PM

If this happens, America deserves it, fully.

Schadenfreude on March 12, 2012 at 2:07 PM

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

liberal4life on March 12, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Please explain.

If you can’t, don’t ever come back here.

darwin on March 12, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Time for Texas, and the rest of the red states, to exercise the tenth amendment.

Rebar on March 12, 2012 at 1:56 PM

Rebar, you beat me to it.

Meat Fighter on March 12, 2012 at 2:00 PM

.
Yes, it’s time indeed.

So . . . how many GOP Govenors have BALLS ?

listens2glenn on March 12, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Blacks and Hispanic don’t go to banks and get money out of their checking account according to Holder.

Nor do they buy beer or cigarettes or travel on airplanes. Or do any number of a dozen common-every-day-things which require photo ID

.

Must be why the vast majority of bank, store and gas station robberies in Texas are done by blacks and hispanics.

Tc0061 on March 12, 2012 at 2:07 PM

How could you function without a photo I.D.??

I must have to sgow mine at minimum, once a month just for normal day to day life……

That’s strange……

KMC1 on March 12, 2012 at 2:07 PM

I wonder if the numbers in the Texas case are going to work out the same as a previous case (Can’t remember which one since the DOJ is so intent on allowing fraud in elections). In that case their justification was that a higher percentage of blacks were without ID. Something like blacks were 20% less likely to have ID. The problem was, on a pure numbers basis, far more whites were without ID by several tens of thousands.

I would venture a guess that it will be a similar breakout if you actually looked at the total number of people without IDs.

I worry with everyone’s talk of forcing all citizens to a Government ID. Don’t we already have enough problems with SS cards and identity theft? Why not just require everyone to present a valid state ID or their SS card? SS cards are free from the government.

Also funny that the left continues to argue that poor people can’t take time off work to go wait 4 hours at the DMV for an ID. This cracks me up that they use government inefficiency as an argument.

weaselyone on March 12, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Obama administration to end funding for Texas health program over state’s abortion law

JPeterman on March 12, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Perry has already said that he’s not backing down on that.
Ballz. Of. Steel.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 12, 2012 at 2:03 PM

You sass Herkel & Holder…as a state you will suffer in every way they can think possible! (Ask Jan Brewer)

KOOLAID2 on March 12, 2012 at 2:08 PM

If they win, America falls.

OhEssYouCowboys on March 12, 2012 at 2:05 PM

A relatively free populace always, always, always deserves the ‘leaders’. It’s self-inflicted, thus, deserved.

Schadenfreude on March 12, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Lets get Rubio on the ticket and this thing could backfire on them…

As far as dead people voting though, that might be tough to overcome..

MGardner on March 12, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Makes you just want to say to the next TSA agent : “Listen, I just told you who I am!”

Someone’s gonna start a movement.

Marcus on March 12, 2012 at 2:08 PM

In FL we have a voter ID law. When we vote we have to show a photo ID, our voter registration card, and then we have to sign in on the roster next to our printed name.

To my knowledge the FL has never been challenged. Does anyone know the differences (if there are any) with the TX law or the law in these other Southern states?

INC on March 12, 2012 at 1:59 PM

I am a Floridian as well.

Good question INC, did someone answer this? I am also wondering…

bazil9 on March 12, 2012 at 2:08 PM

In FL we have a voter ID law. When we vote we have to show a photo ID, our voter registration card, and then we have to sign in on the roster next to our printed name.

To my knowledge the FL has never been challenged. Does anyone know the differences (if there are any) with the TX law or the law in these other Southern states?

INC on March 12, 2012 at 1:59 PM

There has been some changes in Florida sense you last checked. The following is from the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections web site.

Voter Information Cards

Do I need to have my Voter Information Card with me in order to vote?

No. Voter Information Cards are provided for informational purposes. They provide useful information such as your precinct, party affiliation and voting districts. By state law, they are no longer called Voter Registration Cards.

What type of ID do I need with me in order to vote?

Both photo and signature identification is required to vote a regular ballot in Florida. Acceptable forms of ID include Florida driver license, Florida identification card, U.S. passport, student or military ID, debit or credit card, retirement center ID, neighborhood association ID or public assistance ID. If the photo identification does not have a signature, another form of identification is required with a signature. Voters without acceptable identification may still vote a provisional ballot, which will later be evaluated by a canvassing board for eligibility. To avoid delays at the polling place, voters should bring acceptable identification.

meci on March 12, 2012 at 2:09 PM

It’s sickening the way the dems treat their core constituencies as being “barefoot and pregnant” and unable to discharge even the most basic obligations of citizenship.

Does this mean hispanics can buy beer and guns w/o an ID?
Can they take the White House tour w/o an ID?
Can they fly w/o an ID?
Can they get a passport w/o an ID?

Where does it end?

Labamigo on March 12, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Nor do they buy beer or cigarettes or travel on airplanes. Or do any number of a dozen common-every-day-things which require photo ID.

gwelf on March 12, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Apparently, they recently have never had to buy cough-medicine either.

askwhatif on March 12, 2012 at 2:09 PM

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

liberal4life on March 12, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Its a wonder that you can fire on enough synapses to type.

cozmo on March 12, 2012 at 2:10 PM

As far as dead people voting though, that might be tough to overcome..

MGardner on March 12, 2012 at 2:08 PM

and dogs, no kidding.

Schadenfreude on March 12, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Things you cannot do without an ID:

Take a White House tour
Got to the depatment of Justice Building
Finance a car
obtain a job
Drive
Get Married
Fly
Go to a doctor
open a bank account
rent an apartment
buy a home
take out a loan
cash a check
vote in a labor union election
get a mailbox at the post office
adopt a pet
purchase a gun
make a credit card purchase at Best Buy

mouell on March 12, 2012 at 2:11 PM

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

liberal4life on March 12, 2012 at 2:06 PM

How the heck is this racist. It’s not like they are asking them to take a test – you have to provide a picture ID. Not difficult.

gophergirl on March 12, 2012 at 2:11 PM

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

liberal4life on March 12, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Because you are invariably a bigot.

Schadenfreude on March 12, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Fight, Texas, fight!

petefrt on March 12, 2012 at 2:11 PM

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

I’ll try!

Name one other transaction an individual has with any level of government that doesn’t require a state issued ID. The only real power we have as citizens is the right to vote. Do you want your voice drowned out and marginalized by people who have no right to do so?

Mord on March 12, 2012 at 2:12 PM

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

Tc0061 on March 12, 2012 at 2:12 PM

For the enlightened/erudite, Hispanic is a culture, not a race.

Schadenfreude on March 12, 2012 at 2:12 PM

I am a Texan and this just flat pisses me off…

Ltlgeneral64 on March 12, 2012 at 2:12 PM

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

liberal4life on March 12, 2012 at 2:06 PM

.
Aw, nuts l4l, you’re racist.

listens2glenn on March 12, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Unexpectedly.
I’m so sick and disgusted by these people !!
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

Why do you think so little of black/hispanic/X people that it’s outrageous to expect them to have a driver’s license or other ID if they want to vote? The same basic ID they had to get to drive a car and buy alcoholic beverages.

gwelf on March 12, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Because you are invariably a bigot.

Schadenfreude on March 12, 2012 at 2:11 PM

…and ignorant as a rock. Histpanic is NOT a race.

Schadenfreude on March 12, 2012 at 2:13 PM

mouell on March 12, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Good list..but much more then that.

bazil9 on March 12, 2012 at 2:13 PM

DOJ is needing to protect all those undocumented democrats. Their stated numbers of those without ID is likely due to their illegal status.

As Pelosi said they will win this election by an means necessary.

If they can’t obtain a voter id by Nov they shouldn’t be allowed to vote period.

CommentGuy on March 12, 2012 at 2:13 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.

So your friends think minorities are too stupid or lazy to get an ID? When is their next Klan meeting?

CapnObvious on March 12, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Alas, Hispanic

Schadenfreude on March 12, 2012 at 2:13 PM

meci on March 12, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Thanks. I didn’t know that—I’ve just always had it with me.

Do you know any differences with the TX law? If FL has a photo/signature law, then why is TX being challenged?

bazil9 on March 12, 2012 at 2:08 PM

The only reason I can think of until I know how or how not the laws differ, is that FL is a swing state and Obama doesn’t want to stir things up.

TX–he knows he’ll lose there. My guess is that this is politics and personal spite against TX and Perry.

INC on March 12, 2012 at 2:13 PM

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

liberal4life on March 12, 2012 at 2:06 PM

You can’t enter ANY City of Houston managed facility without a picture ID. Care to comment lightweight?

DanMan on March 12, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Were there ID’s on the guns used in Fast and Furious?

dmann on March 12, 2012 at 2:14 PM

A relatively free populace always, always, always deserves the ‘leaders’. It’s self-inflicted, thus, deserved.

Schadenfreude on March 12, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Except, we didn’t vote for a Communist and a racist. Through our vote, we’ve done everything possible to prevent his election.

I, for one, don’t think that I “deserve” either Obamuh, or the destruction of my country.

Those who voted for him – “deserve” him.

The problem is, they – like cockroaches – outnumber us.

OhEssYouCowboys on March 12, 2012 at 2:14 PM

liberal4life s/b granted a nom change.

She’s ignorant4life.

Lefties are NOT liberal, nor progressive, ever.

Schadenfreude on March 12, 2012 at 2:14 PM

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

liberal4life on March 12, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Who’s the racist – the people who want all citizens to prove who they are before they vote or the people who think so little of minorities that they can’t be expected to get a state issued ID that is required by government to drive a car or buy beer?

That’s right – you’re the racist. This is the ultimate in the racism of low expectations.

gwelf on March 12, 2012 at 2:14 PM

I never knew the requirement to show ID when buying a gun was racist.

Thank God for Holder … this vicious and discriminatory law can now be repealed.

darwin on March 12, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Things you cannot do without an ID:

Take a White House tour
Got to the depatment of Justice Building
Finance a car
obtain a job
Drive
Get Married
Fly
Go to a doctor
open a bank account
rent an apartment
buy a home
take out a loan
cash a check
vote in a labor union election
get a mailbox at the post office
adopt a pet
purchase a gun
make a credit card purchase at Best Buy

mouell on March 12, 2012 at 2:11 PM

You forgot to add:

Buy anything with psuedoephedrine in it

Have anything done medically

I’m sure there are a lot more we can add to the list…

Ltlgeneral64 on March 12, 2012 at 2:15 PM

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

liberal4life on March 12, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Please explain.

If you can’t, don’t ever come back here.

darwin on March 12, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Yeah, I’d like to know that as well.

BTW(L4L):

Why is the DNC waging a War on liberty?

Chip on March 12, 2012 at 2:15 PM

You can’t enter ANY City of Houston managed facility without a picture ID. Care to comment lightweight?

DanMan on March 12, 2012 at 2:14 PM

The City of Houston is racist.

darwin on March 12, 2012 at 2:15 PM

INC on March 12, 2012 at 2:13 PM

I can agree with your theory. Add SC to the mix too…

bazil9 on March 12, 2012 at 2:16 PM

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

liberal4life on March 12, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Take a dump, then leave. SOP.

fogw on March 12, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Why is the DNC waging a War on liberty?

Because they are illiberal, always.

Schadenfreude on March 12, 2012 at 2:16 PM

In FL we have a voter ID law. When we vote we have to show a photo ID, our voter registration card, and then we have to sign in on the roster next to our printed name.

To my knowledge the FL has never been challenged. Does anyone know the differences (if there are any) with the TX law or the law in these other Southern states?

INC on March 12, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Cuban-Americans are a much more conservative voting block as compared to Puerto Ricans or Mexicans if recent polls are correct. Anything that might keep them away from the polls in Florida is a bonus for the Democrats.

SPCOlympics on March 12, 2012 at 2:16 PM

I’m so sick and disgusted by these people !!
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

Ask them why Holder or the ACLU is not going after the State of PA with the same vigor over its photo ID requirement when fishing.

Yes, in PA in order to fish you must first purchase a license AND carry a second form of photo ID. I would have thought voting was a more important issue, silly me.

The Dems want nothing to do with this because they invented voter fraud, google any Mayor Daley voting joke and you’ll get the idea.

reddevil on March 12, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Buy anything with psuedoephedrine in it

Ltlgeneral64 on March 12, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Pseudoephedrine is racist.

darwin on March 12, 2012 at 2:17 PM

I thought that a Hispanic was from Hispanolia.

OhEssYouCowboys on March 12, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Unexpectedly.
I’m so sick and disgusted by these people !!
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

Dunno.

If they can’t be swayed by simple things like truth and logic, then perhaps new friends?

kim roy on March 12, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Take a dump, then leave. SOP.

fogw on March 12, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Doesn’t leave. Just watches being intellectually hammered and doesn’t know how to fight back. Is mentally retarded. Gets computer-generated comments from its headquarters and doesn’t know how to think, just like her Master without a prompter.

Schadenfreude on March 12, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Everywhere I’ve lived in Texas, which, admittedly has been in mostly Conservative counties (Randall, Potter, & Wichita), I’ve always had to show my ID. Now, I just moved to Denton County, so I don’t know how they handle it, but I also live amongst Spanish speaking residents in my apartment building. I’m guess the County doesn’t require it, but I’ll see in November (if DOJ even lets us vote!).

cebj25 on March 12, 2012 at 2:19 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

I wouldn’t necessarily call a “liberal” a friend … after all they’re actively engaged in taking away what liberty we have left.

darwin on March 12, 2012 at 2:19 PM

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

liberal4life on March 12, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Also, why is it the end of the world if a woman is called a slut but it’s ok to label vast swathes of the American public as racist? Would you rather be called a slut or a racist?

gwelf on March 12, 2012 at 2:19 PM

If that’s the case I’m voting against Obama as many times as I can here in Texas.If they ask for an ID I’m not showing one.The line behind me will just have to wait.

docflash on March 12, 2012 at 2:19 PM

I went to the local library last week for the first time…I had to show a photo ID to get a library card. I wasn’t offended at all at that but what really ticked me off was a radio station contest that said I needed a photo ID to claim the prize (oh the humanity).

Wisconsin’s law is being challenged…a kangeroo court local judge (Dane County…big surprise there…please ignore the fact that he supposedly signed a recall Walker petition circulated by his wife) has suspended the requirement for the upcoming recall election.

voter ID is a big hurdle to the “by any means necessary” plan.

good luck Texas and the others…whether voter fraud is real or not (impossible to tell in the absence of it), we really should be hanging our heads in shame with our election procedures.

teejk on March 12, 2012 at 2:19 PM

If they can’t be swayed by simple things like truth and logic, then perhaps new friends?

kim roy on March 12, 2012 at 2:17 PM

This, plus pambi, don’t count on Mitt or Boehner to fight back, never…nor McConnell. Fire them all.

Schadenfreude on March 12, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Found a state by state comparison on Voter ID laws. It has an extensive list and interactive map:

http://www.ncsl.org/legislatures-elections/elections/voter-id-state-requirements.aspx

It already includes this news on TX.

I didn’t realize only 31 states require voter ID. What do other states do???

INC on March 12, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Idaho has a voter ID..or sign an affidavit (wink, wink)
No problems here.

Electrongod on March 12, 2012 at 2:20 PM

I live in the Free State of Idaho and we have an ID law…the only folk who lose out are those planning to cast an illegal vote.

JIMV on March 12, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Would you rather be called a slut or a racist?

gwelf on March 12, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Is just inept. You fight with a gnat-brain.

Schadenfreude on March 12, 2012 at 2:20 PM

I went to the local library last week for the first time…I had to show a photo ID to get a library card.

teejk on March 12, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Your local library is racist.

darwin on March 12, 2012 at 2:21 PM

The population changes will result in a shift of 12 House seats and electoral votes affecting 18 states beginning in the 2012 elections. Most of the states picking up seats, which include Texas and Florida, are Republican-leaning, even as most of their growth is now being driven largely by Democrat-leaning Hispanics.

http://www.tampabay.com/incoming/number-of-hispanics-soars-in-florida/1159544

bazil9 on March 12, 2012 at 2:21 PM

According to Jay Secular there’s a provision in the Texas law. If you don’t have an i.d., you can still vote on a “provisional ballot” and have 6 days to remedy that ballot by getting an i.d.

JPeterman on March 12, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Something no one’s asking is how are these people getting their name son the list of registered voters without ever having to show proof of identification, residence, or citizenship?

In New Hampshire, we’re trying to pass a voter ID bill, but it won’t fix the problem in some towns where you can register to vote without producing a single piece of paperwork. All you need to do is sign an “I’m not lying. I promise.” affidavit and you’re good to go.

You can’t hold a job (legally), receive government benefits legally) or drive a car (legally) without having a photo ID. There might be a reason for some people to not have any kind of valid photo ID on them. Hint: Rhymes with “Billegal Baliens”.

Bruce MacMahon on March 12, 2012 at 2:22 PM

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