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

INC on March 12, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Give democrats elections?

darwin on March 12, 2012 at 2:22 PM

It is patently obvious that the Ds know they cannot win elections without massive fraud. Also, why don’t the states just tell DOJ to go pound sand and act in contempt. Dumbo did it when he disregarded the drilling embargo judgement. The only way we are going to get things changed is just by disregarding illegal and stupid crap. Civil disobedience has its purposes.

retiredeagle on March 12, 2012 at 2:22 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

While I think you’re right in your assessment, FL has Hispanics who originated from many countries–and illegal aliens.

INC on March 12, 2012 at 2:23 PM

liberal4life on March 12, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Be gone, you tongue-bathing, racist tw*t.
‘You can go to Hell-I will go to Texas!’
-Davy Crockett.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 12, 2012 at 2:23 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

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

 
As are lottery tickets.

rogerb on March 12, 2012 at 2:23 PM

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

liberal4life on March 12, 2012 at 2:06 PM

I know I shouldn’t feed the troll…

… but could you please explain why the law is racists when it applies to everyone equally?

Seven Percent Solution on March 12, 2012 at 2:23 PM

I want not only Voter ID, but PURPLE INK at every voting location !!
Why not ??

pambi on March 12, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Why is the DNC waging a War on liberty?

Because they are illiberal, always.

Schadenfreude on March 12, 2012 at 2:16 PM

You’ll notice that none of them can actually answer that question, can they?

Because when you get right done to it, most of their ideology is anti-liberty, but they prefer to have this deception moniker attached to themselves.

They Lie from the get-go with their very name, and don’t even get me started on their idea of “Progress”

Chip on March 12, 2012 at 2:24 PM

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

liberal4life on March 12, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t everyone have to show ID and that includes white people?

If so, then how is that racist? Or is it racist against white people too?

And wouldn’t it be racist to only exempt one group from showing ID?

Do clarify this for me, please.

kim roy on March 12, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Shouldn’t Holder be in Mexico now standing trial for mass murder?

VorDaj on March 12, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Schadenfreude on March 12, 2012 at 2:18 PM

It’s MO is the same as when it was getalife, which eventually got it banned. Don’t know what the holdup is this time other than providing everyone with the endless entertainment we get from watching it’s ever evolving stupidity.

cheers,

fogw on March 12, 2012 at 2:24 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

Tell them that Mexico requires voters to present a government issued ID to prove citizenship.

SPCOlympics on March 12, 2012 at 2:25 PM

The City of Houston is racist.

darwin on March 12, 2012 at 2:15 PM

meh, whites in Houston and Harris County have been in the minority for years. Collectivley not possible according to Jesse Jackson.

DanMan on March 12, 2012 at 2:26 PM

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

You are under the mistaken assumption that Florida is a Southern state. It is okay, a lot of people make that mistake.

LoganSix on March 12, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Progressive Logic:

Requiring a photo ID to vote is an unconstitutional burden on the free exercise of one’s rights and is nothing more than a poll tax levied on the downtrodden.

Requiring a person to spend hundreds upon hundreds of dollars and wait for months and months to get a government issued permission slip to own a handgun is just good common sense.

Progressive statists: Defecating on the banner of liberty and disarming the peasantry (for their own good) since the dawn of time.

Bruce MacMahon on March 12, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Shouldn’t Holder be in Mexico now standing trial for mass murder?

VorDaj on March 12, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Yes, by their own standards.

Also, just found in Mexico, 169 skulls and dead bodies in a cave…if somehow Holder and Obama could make it be the fault of the U.S. they’d deplore.

Until then, you are a “racist”.

Schadenfreude on March 12, 2012 at 2:26 PM

darwin on March 12, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Ha ha. Yeah, that seems so.

I also found this about FL law. It’s dated March 2. It appears they’re objecting to provisions that attempt to prevent fraud. Pardon me for linking to TPM, but it popped up when I was searching. Look at the groups fighting it!

The Justice Department objected late Friday to new provisions of Florida election law which place strict regulations on third-party voter registration groups and cut down on the early voting period. DOJ alleged in a court filing that Florida was unable to prove the new provisions were not discriminatory under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act….

…individuals conducting voter registration drives to get permission from the state and turn in voter registration cards within 48 hours of a voter filling them out. The League of Women Voters, the Brennan Center, and Rock The Vote are also fighting that provision of the law in court and an initial hearing was held earlier this week.

INC on March 12, 2012 at 2:27 PM

INC, the difference in Texas is that the illegals are used to cast votes here (of course, not legally but that does not stop the Democrats) and we expect a number of close races.

michaelo on March 12, 2012 at 2:27 PM

While I think you’re right in your assessment, FL has Hispanics who originated from many countries–and illegal aliens.

INC on March 12, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Yes…I am Central and we have a very large Puerto Rican population, South & and Central American, as well as many from the islands. Not a large Cuban pop here.

bazil9 on March 12, 2012 at 2:28 PM

fogw on March 12, 2012 at 2:24 PM

It is a very dumb she. Even looks dumb.

Provides (HA) Capitalism, even though they hate that the most. Love the irony.

Schadenfreude on March 12, 2012 at 2:28 PM

LoganSix on March 12, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Oh, I know better, it was just easier to write it that way.

Shorthand style:

North FL & the panhandle are the South.

South FL is the North.

The “squish-moderate” fault line is I-4.

INC on March 12, 2012 at 2:29 PM

I cannot wait to see this jerkoff and his boss get tossed into the dustbin of bad history. Can.Not.Wait.

There’s a ‘but’ there though. If this administration gets replaced with one built by romney I don’t think we’re going to be any better off, especially when Romney (if he won) and his admin would be replaced by an even bigger commie than obama in 2016.

Depressing.

Wolfmoon on March 12, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t everyone have to show ID and that includes white people?

kim roy on March 12, 2012 at 2:24 PM

I Live To Harass White Folks

~Obama mentor Derrick Bell

Rebar on March 12, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Holder needs to go…

MGardner on March 12, 2012 at 2:01 PM

And take Obama with him.

Bitter Clinger on March 12, 2012 at 2:30 PM

INC, the difference in Texas is that the illegals are used to cast votes here (of course, not legally but that does not stop the Democrats) and we expect a number of close races.

michaelo on March 12, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Thanks for the info.

INC on March 12, 2012 at 2:30 PM

No ID = no vote for you.

Works for me.

RedNewEnglander on March 12, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Ok to the list of things requiring an ID –
Entry into any Federal building such as a court house and/or Social Security (at least here in OH).
To get onto any military installation.
Attending any movie over an R rating.
In OH – to get a library card.
and my exit question –
If the said ‘voter’ doesn’t have a photo ID – how are they getting to the polling place? Technically I could walk to my polling place, but as a disabled vet with a disabled son – that isn’t happening any time soon.

jackal40 on March 12, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Here is a classic example of the illogic of the Communist.

He weeps over the destruction of his/her “privacy,” when a Republican is President – but he/she embraces the opening of his/her medical files, and the making of his/her healthcare decisions, by the State – when a Communist is President.

When you find the logic to this – then, and only then, can we hope to change them.

OhEssYouCowboys on March 12, 2012 at 2:31 PM

Evidently, the Obama/Holder DOJ believes that blacks and Hispanics are too stupid to obtain picture IDs.

I’m sorry, but I simply can’t accept that premise.

BuckeyeSam on March 12, 2012 at 2:31 PM

Oh, I know better, it was just easier to write it that way.

Shorthand style:

North FL & the panhandle are the South.

South FL is the North.

The “squish-moderate” fault line is I-4.

INC on March 12, 2012 at 2:29 PM

You nailed it.

Good to “meet” you.

bazil9 on March 12, 2012 at 2:31 PM

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

If you dont have ID you can get a conditional ballot.

katy the mean old lady on March 12, 2012 at 2:32 PM

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

liberal4life on March 12, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t everyone have to show ID and that includes white people?

If so, then how is that racist? Or is it racist against white people too?

And wouldn’t it be racist to only exempt one group from showing ID?

Do clarify this for me, please.

kim roy on March 12, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Bitter Clinger on March 12, 2012 at 2:32 PM

If voter id is a burden, then the DoJ should ban the requirement for identification any reason – Passports, purchasing airline tickets, TSA checkpoints, opening bank accounts, using your credit card, enrolling your children in school, during a traffic stop, visiting the White House or attending a speech given by Eric Holder at the LBJ Law Center in Austin.

2nd Ammendment Mother on March 12, 2012 at 2:33 PM

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

liberal4life on March 12, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t everyone have to show ID and that includes white people?

If so, then how is that racist? Or is it racist against white people too?

And wouldn’t it be racist to only exempt one group from showing ID?

Do clarify this for me, please.

kim roy on March 12, 2012 at 2:24 PM

…..crickets…..

Bitter Clinger on March 12, 2012 at 2:33 PM

kim roy on March 12, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Bitter Clinger on March 12, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Bingo!

bazil9 on March 12, 2012 at 2:33 PM

What’re they so afraid of?

SouthernGent on March 12, 2012 at 2:34 PM

I don’t think bho and team what they are dealing with when you start messen with TX? bho and team hates TX with a passion, actually all red states, and they prove it almost daily. What a total mess we have here trying to see if and when we will be able to vote.
I’m not sure if I have said it today, but I ha!e bho and team.
L

letget on March 12, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Do you know what they require to vote in Mexico…?

… A valid Driver’s License ID, a Registered Voter Approved Citizenship ID, a thumb print, and your signature that has to match the ones on file.

If Hispanics and blacks were voting Republican…

THIS would be the law of the land.

Seven Percent Solution on March 12, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Hey Holder, Hawaii has a voter ID law. You should sue the cr@p out of them!

Trafalgar on March 12, 2012 at 2:35 PM

bazil9 on March 12, 2012 at 2:31 PM

And you also!

INC on March 12, 2012 at 2:36 PM

The lunatic-left d-cRAT socialists absolutely, positively need and want MASSIVE VOTER FRAUD to get their clowns into office – especially their chief clown OBOZO – and they don’t even care who commits the fraud: ACORN, unions, dead people, ILLEGALS, convicted felons, destitute people who will vote-for-cash-or-booze, etc. The socialists are particularly focused on states that do not protect the right to vote with a voter ID requirement and/or have same day registration, as that makes it extremely easy for them to commit massive fraud at the polls and distort the results in their favor. These d-cRAT losers realize than no sane American will be duped again by their lies, failed policies and radical anti-American ideology, and in Nov 2012 American citizens will vote to remove each and every one of the d-cRAT socialist extremists that have worked to destroy our economy and our country.

TeaPartyNation on March 12, 2012 at 2:36 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.

Errr…find your birth certificate and social security card (hopefully you have one!) take a bus or drive to your nearest DMV, pay $16 bucks, wait on line, step up to the camera, smile or sneer, whatever the mood calls for, wait a bit more, walk out of there with your very own state-issued ID!

So easy, even a caveman can do it! I’m sure these ‘hispanics’ can manage just fine, why such concern?

The DOJ civil rights division appears to operate on a Hate Whitey Vengeance Tour of political stupidity. Shameful.

RepubChica on March 12, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Seven Percent Solution on March 12, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Wow…did not know that. Very interesting. Thank you.

Kind of like their strict immigration laws. Funny that.

bazil9 on March 12, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Nobody has ever properly explained why requiring identification proving you are an American citizen in order to vote is racist or even prejudicial.

Being American does not mean you are racist.
Being illegal means you aren’t a legal citizen are ARE NOT ENTITLED TO VOTE.
It’s not hard to get a state ID if you are a legal citizen.

Why doesn’t the left just admit they enjoy illegals and the dead voting for them? It’s not like they’re going to change or anything. If an ID is required, they’ll just mass forge them. Oh….I see. They just don’t want to spend all that time, effort, and cash printing fake IDs. It’d take time and funds away from their ability to create and implement huge disinformation campaigns.

Wolfmoon on March 12, 2012 at 2:38 PM

INC on March 12, 2012 at 2:36 PM

What area are you in?

bazil9 on March 12, 2012 at 2:38 PM

letget on March 12, 2012 at 2:35 PM

I’m a former Chicagoan who moved to Texas to escape Chi-style politics.
There’s absolutely ZERO way you could hate him as much as I do.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 12, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Holder will have his backside handed to him over this. The ID’s are free.

Much has been written about Holder and the DoJ’s racism.

dogsoldier on March 12, 2012 at 2:39 PM

RepubChica on March 12, 2012 at 2:37 PM

The IDs are free in many states. (except to the taxpayer.)

dogsoldier on March 12, 2012 at 2:40 PM

RepubChica on March 12, 2012 at 2:37 PM

I only paid 13…I think.
I had to wait a week or two for it to arrive in the mail.
TX must hate Jew turned Catholic former Chicagoan womyn.
///

annoyinglittletwerp on March 12, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Hey Holder, Hawaii has a voter ID law. You should sue the cr@p out of them!

Trafalgar on March 12, 2012 at 2:35 PM

He’s picking on Southern states because of the 1965 Civil Rights Act which allows him to do so due to their once-upon-a-time discrimination. Hopefully, SCOTUS overturns Section 5.

Bitter Clinger on March 12, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Wolfmoon on March 12, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Do go talking sense now. ;)

That is the truth of the matter, plain and simple.

bazil9 on March 12, 2012 at 2:41 PM

*don’t

bazil9 on March 12, 2012 at 2:41 PM

katy the mean old lady on March 12, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Thanks. The link I found puts FL in the photo ID column, while Texas is in the Strict Photo ID column.

Several states are tightening their laws, and the DOJ appears to be most unhappy with that.

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

Strict Photo ID (8 states): Voters must show a photo ID in order to vote. Voters who are unable to show photo ID at the polls are permitted to vote a provisional ballot, which is counted only if the voter returns to election officials within several days after the election to show a photo ID. At the beginning of 2011, there were just two states–Georgia and Indiana–with strict photo ID laws. Two states–Kansas and Wisconsin–passed new strict photo ID laws in 2011, and three states with non-photo ID laws–South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas–amended them to make them strict photo ID laws. None of these new laws is in effect yet, although they likely will be before the 2012 elections. Also in 2011, Mississippi voters approved via the citizen initiative process a strict photo ID requirement. The legislature will have to pass implementing legislation before the requirement can take effect. See the notes below Table 1 for more information regarding effective dates for new legislation.

Photo ID (7 states): Voters are asked to show a photo ID in order to vote. Voters who are unable to show photo ID are still allowed to vote if they can meet certain other critieria. In some states, a voter with ID can vouch for a voter without. Other states ask a voter without ID to provide personal information such as a birth date, or sign an affidavit swearing to his or her identity. Voters without ID are not required to return to election officials after the election and show a photo ID in order to have their ballots counted in the manner that voters without ID in the strict photo ID states are. The seven states with photo ID laws are Alabama, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Louisiana, Michigan and South Dakota.

Non-Photo ID (16 states): All voters must show ID at the polls. The list of acceptable IDs is varied and includes options that do not have a photo, such as a utility bill or bank statement with the voter’s name and address. Rhode Island passed a new voter ID law in 2011. It takes effect in stages — beginning in 2012, voters will be required to show an ID (although not necessarily a photo ID) at the polls, and in 2014 a photo ID requirement will take effect.

INC on March 12, 2012 at 2:42 PM

… THIS would be the law of the land.

Seven Percent Solution on March 12, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Excellent pots! What are the voting laws in other countries?

Like say the UK, France, Germany and Canada?

dogsoldier on March 12, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Holder needs to stay out of my states business. This administration has shown it’s contempt for Texas on several occasions.

maables on March 12, 2012 at 2:43 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

Also, why is it OK, and why is it not racist, to assume large swaths of the American public are either too stupid or dishonest to obtain a photo ID in order to vote? The left maintains that this law has a disproportionate effect on minorities. Why? Because a black man can’t get a photo ID? Why not? What’s stopping him? The left needs to explain this.

CurtZHP on March 12, 2012 at 2:44 PM

INC on March 12, 2012 at 2:36 PM

What area are you in?

bazil9 on March 12, 2012 at 2:38 PM

North Central–although I’ve lived in Brevard.

I’ve had some family in North FL for many generations.

INC on March 12, 2012 at 2:44 PM

maables on March 12, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Perry and Co. are working on the battle plan as we type.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 12, 2012 at 2:46 PM

I thought that you are supposed to have a state id no matter what. I know here in Florida, you have to show a picture id with the proper address on it so that it matches your registration information before you are handed a ballot. It should be that way everywhere, but if it was that way, i guess no democrat would hardly ever be elected

fwm299 on March 12, 2012 at 2:48 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

Wow. Epic fail.

Moderates and independents are the be-all and end-all! Screw the base! Cater to the moderates and independents, who can be swayed by one minor issue. Yeah, that’s a winning strategy!

BTW, the comparison you’re making is hilarious. Gay marriage has failed every time it’s been put on the ballot, even in California. I don’t think you have much of case that opposition to it would alienate “moderates and independents.” Everyone with half a brain realizes that Dem opposition to voter ID laws is an attempt to continue to engage in voter FRAUD.

JannyMae on March 12, 2012 at 2:48 PM

INC on March 12, 2012 at 2:44 PM

I grew up in Brevard.

Oh yes, we did talk on a thread about the space program one evening…now I remember.

One side of my family goes back to the gulf coast..from around 1910.

Thanks for the good posts and info.

bazil9 on March 12, 2012 at 2:48 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

I imagine becuase it went into effect before this DOJ regime, and the previous DOJ administration didn’t see any implicit racism in it.

JeffWeimer on March 12, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Like say the UK, France, Germany and Canada?

dogsoldier on March 12, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Photo ID required in Slovakia and Czech Republic. My family is still in both countries. Slovakia just had their elections on Saturday. The tax the rich party won.

JPeterman on March 12, 2012 at 2:50 PM

They’re looking to establish precedent. If they can pull this off, all 31 states ID laws go out the window.
1 ruling = 57 state victory!

Mimzey on March 12, 2012 at 2:50 PM

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

liberal4life on March 12, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Thanks so much for sharing that.

Del Dolemonte on March 12, 2012 at 2:51 PM

I can’t speak for the rest of the nation, but in Texas, if you have a job, you must have a state issued ID Card or Driver’s License. So this prevents people who are super wealthy and have no need to work or drive from voting. It also prevents illegal aliens from voting who work illegally getting cash under the table. They shouldn’t be voting anyways.

If they are worried about homeless people, then why not just allow homeless people to be able to claim hardship and they can get their ID for free? The fraud must stop, if spending the small amount of tax payer money will help that, then I am fine with it. But that stupid cost of renewing a license is ridiculous as it is.

One question about these homeless people voting… What district do they vote in? I have to prove I am in the correct district so that I can vote their for local elections. A drifter passing through a state should not be able to vote in that state just because he happens to be in that state in November.

jeffn21 on March 12, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Excellent pots! What are the voting laws in other countries?

Like say the UK, France, Germany and Canada?

dogsoldier on March 12, 2012 at 2:43 PM

I think you’ll find an up to date on-line national registry of citizens just about everywhere Dog that is also used in elections. We are in the minority

teejk on March 12, 2012 at 2:53 PM

i guess no democrat would hardly ever be elected

fwm299 on March 12, 2012 at 2:48 PM

That’s truer than you know. I didn’t realize the geography until I saw the link I found this afternoon.

With the exception of Hawaii, the photo ID states are Southern or flyover.

These are the states that require some kind of ID, although it doesn’t have to be photo. CT, RI and WA are exceptions.

Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Montana
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma (3)
Rhode Island (4)
Utah
Virginia
Washington
Kentucky
Missouri

Consider the Blue states that are missing!

INC on March 12, 2012 at 2:53 PM

many Hispanic voters lack state-issued identification.

I wonder why it is that so many hispanics in Texas don’t have state-issued ID.

Hmmmmmmm . . . what could it be?

AZCoyote on March 12, 2012 at 2:53 PM

bazil9 on March 12, 2012 at 2:48 PM

You’re welcome!

INC on March 12, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Anyone can get an ID card. They are offered free in our state. Ohio asks for ID everytime I vote. But everyone gets asked for ID. What is the problem with these people. I am so tired of this kind of bs.

megthered on March 12, 2012 at 2:56 PM

What’s all the fuss about? If the “undocumented immigrants” had to have an ID, they wouldn’t be “undocumented” – and that would be racist in the liberal mind. Meanwhile the “downtrodden” can get access to food stamps, unemployment and every other Government handout, presumably without any ID! But an ID to cast a ballot? RACIST!

ghostwalker1 on March 12, 2012 at 2:56 PM

CT, RI and WA are exceptions.

Clarify: They’re exceptions because they’re NE or West coast states. Most of the NE and West coast don’t have ID laws.

INC on March 12, 2012 at 2:57 PM

megthered on March 12, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Tired is an understatement. In the last few years I have gotten to the point that if I hear Racist one more time my head will-Kaboom!

bazil9 on March 12, 2012 at 2:58 PM

Guess holder had to take the heat off him on the F&F thing? These people in bho’s team are thinking up new distractions daily to take the heat off all their krap they are doing!
L

letget on March 12, 2012 at 3:00 PM

The left insist on making “racist” a bagde of honor.

Schadenfreude on March 12, 2012 at 3:01 PM

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

liberal4life on March 12, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t everyone have to show ID and that includes white people?

If so, then how is that racist? Or is it racist against white people too?

And wouldn’t it be racist to only exempt one group from showing ID?

Do clarify this for me, please.

kim roy on March 12, 2012 at 2:24 PM

…..crickets…..

Bitter Clinger on March 12, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Man, those crickets are deafening……

Bitter Clinger on March 12, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Holder hates Texas about as much as Obama does (except when it comes to fund-raising), and that is a lot. He also hates the idea of a truly honest election where people only vote once, only vote if they are really eligible to do so, only vote when not bribed or threatened , and only vote when they are actually alive. The Texas voter ID law could eliminate much of the cheating, and in Holder’s world, that is a bad thing. He and the other Democrats have to pretend that people are too stupid or incompetent to figure out how to get an ID, though they know how to get one for check cashing, liquor, flights, etc.

lukjuj on March 12, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Why wouldn’t the burden of proof be on the DOJ to prove inability to comply with a simple law? They are making the claim, they should have to make a case that it actually does prevent people from voting. Not some abstract hypothetical.

What do you think the compliance percentage would be if all these people who just can’t make it to one of the many places to get a photo ID were sent a letter that stated if they simply showed up at one of those facilities and had their picture taken they would be given $100. on the spot…and that they had months to get to the office?
I’d guess that on the first day there would be a line around the block.
Somehow all these poor discriminated against people would find it pretty easy to get a ride to the office.

They are simply trying to steal an election. This is organized crime masking itself as a government of the people, by the people and for the people.

Mimzey on March 12, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Whoopsie, forgot something!

“As a state with a history of voter discrimination, Texas is required under section 5 of the [1965] 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.”

Context is everything.

ConservativeLA on March 12, 2012 at 3:10 PM

retiredeagle on March 12, 2012 at 2:22 PM

I’m totally with you on this one – it’s pretty much a given that I’m a States’ Rights guy. I’m curious though: if enough states/governors nutted up and ignored the Feds, would the Feds just declare the election invalid and grant BH0 another four years? I’d love to see the backlash from that

affenhauer on March 12, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Cash a check? Show ID.
Buy alcohol? Show ID.
Pick up an online order shipped to a store? Show ID.
Apply for government assistance? Show ID.
Get a passport? Show ID.

Perform your most sacred right as an American- vote? No ID.

Got it Democrats.

Marcus Traianus on March 12, 2012 at 3:14 PM

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

Decoski on March 12, 2012 at 3:14 PM

But of course the DOJ did this.

The war on Texas (and the rest of the South and SW) continues apace.

Anyone could be forgiven for thinking that the Regime doesn’t like us all that much.

CorporatePiggy on March 12, 2012 at 3:14 PM

WHEN is someone going to step in, slap the cuffs on this clown, and officially charge him with 1) 2 counts of FELONIOUS Perjury, lying before Congress and providing FALSE testimony in written form, for 2) aiding / abetting illegal sale of US Weapons to drug cartels, for 3) ‘MAN SLAUGHTER’, as both a US Citizen and Mexican Citizens were killed by the guns sold to the Cartels in a program he oversaw/was responsible for, & for 4) Obstruction of Justice, refusing to hand over all documents relatd to Fast & Furious !? How long are we going to allow this CRIMINAL laughably ‘pretend’ to dole out Justice in this country when he hmself should be behind bars?!

easyt65 on March 12, 2012 at 3:15 PM

Makes you wonder how little self-respect one has to have to vote for a party that thinks you’re too stupid to get a photo ID in order to vote.

Oddly enough, that would be the same party that wants to give illegals drivers licenses.

Idjuts.

ConservativeLA on March 12, 2012 at 3:16 PM

What about all of the women in Texas who cannot buy their birth control pills because they don’t have an ID? Once again it is those evil Republicans trying to force women to be barefoot and pregnant…

Oh wait, this is about people voting without an ID. Um.. nevermind…

jeffn21 on March 12, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Context is everything.

ConservativeLA on March 12, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Sure it is dingbat, how about providing all of it from the AP story? Here’s the last line:

“Texas has sued in an effort to get courts to approve the controversial law.”

http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Feds-reject-Texas-voter-ID-3399575.php

How about explaining that controversy again for us…

DanMan on March 12, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Maybe, just maybe, someday the DOJ will do what it should do and quit trying to grease elections for the Democratic Party.

Do we need to see more PRAVDA articles critiquing the US of A?

Obama and his chief henchman, Holder, have turned the US Justice Department into a world joke.

dockywocky on March 12, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Perez and Holder have not met the burden of any proof that the Texas law is hurting Hispanics or anyone else. The voter ID law protects and preserves legal voting, and stops voter fraud. Go Texas, your primary is only two weeks away. No ID – no ballot.

Perez and Holder are just doing the dirty work for Obama, as he does not want his hands dirty.

Amazingoly on March 12, 2012 at 3:31 PM

The law is racist. I agree with Holder on this 100%
liberal4life on March 12, 2012 at 2:06 PM

No jackass, what is racist is funneling guns to another country to help kill their citizens along with ours and then lying about it and trying to cover it up. Why do you libtards hate Mexicans so much that you helped murder over 300 of them? Holder lied and people died.

Do you really believe the drivel you post or are you honestly that stupid? What you gonna do now turn me into the Truth Team or declare me an enemy of the state like you have to others that have disagreed with your spin?

bbinfl on March 12, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t everyone have to show ID and that includes white people?

If so, then how is that racist? Or is it racist against white people too?

And wouldn’t it be racist to only exempt one group from showing ID?

Do clarify this for me, please.

kim roy on March 12, 2012 at 2:24 PM

They treat minorities like they are dumb animals incapable of functioning like the rest of the population. It’s their inner racism and they can’t help themselves.

BakerAllie on March 12, 2012 at 3:32 PM

obama and his enemy cabal must go – before it’s too late.

Pork-Chop on March 12, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Clarify: They’re exceptions because they’re NE or West coast states. Most of the NE and West coast don’t have ID laws.

INC on March 12, 2012 at 2:57 PM

The New Hampshire legislature (4th largest in the world btw) passed a strict law last year that was vetoed by our liberal twit governor.

dogsoldier on March 12, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Here’s the part of this issue that I find the most amusing. The Dems claim that it is racist because minorities (for whatever inexplicable reason) can’t seem to get state IDs at the same rate as the rest of us.

However, when I would go to the DMV in Virginia (suburban DC area), the place was always FILLED with minorities. You would have thought you had just walked into a cantina in Mexico there were so many latinos in there… all the time, any hour of the day. And what were they there to do? They were GETTING STATE IDS!!

So, does someone want to explain to me how these voters can’t seem to get IDs when they seem to be packing full the DMV offices (at least in Virginia) getting their state IDs?!

gravityman on March 12, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Gee, what if Texas told Holder that they won’t comply -we’ll meet Obama’s civilian army at the Alimo?

Don L on March 12, 2012 at 3:35 PM

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

INC on March 12, 2012 at 2:20 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

Does not Holder realize that Federal Law (The National Voter Registration Act) REQUIRES you to provide a photo ID when you first register to vote. Why, then, would it be discriminatory to require that same ID when you go to vote.

I am an election inspector in my home state. Prior to MI inacting a photo ID to vote law, the only people complaining about NOT having to show an ID were Republicians. After inacting the photo ID law, the only people complaining about having to show an ID are Democrats. When they complaint, I just smile at them and tell them that the law was enacted to protect their vote and to ensure that no one else tries to vote using their name. That usually shuts them up.

MI allow use of a dirver’s license, state issued ID (which is free), military ID, tribal ID, or school issued ID card.

Additionally, we use an Electronic Poll Book which allows us to “swipe” their driver’s license and their voter registration information appears on our laptop. Then we can verify their address, ensure they haven’t already voted (either in person or by absentee ballot), and issue them a ballot. The system is much more efficient that without the photo ID requirement.

Knowing that a photo ID is required is enough of a deterant that I have never encountered someone trying to vote as someone else.

GAlpha10 on March 12, 2012 at 3:37 PM

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

liberal4life on March 12, 2012 at 2:06 PM

er…how? Does it make any distinctions among race/national origin at all?

alwaysfiredup on March 12, 2012 at 3:39 PM

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