Justice Department Objects To Texas Voter ID Law
Texas is currently in a fight with the Justice Department over a new ID requirement for Texas voters.
Photo ID laws have been controversial among Democrats who believe the rules are aimed at disenfranchising people who usually vote Democrat. Like African-Americans, Hispanics, people of low income and college students.
In regard to Texas, "I cannot conclude that the state has sustained its burden" of showing that the newly enacted law has neither a discriminatory purpose nor effect, Thomas E. Perez, the head of the Justice Department's civil rights division, said in a letter to the Texas secretary of state.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbot has said the Obama administration is hostile to laws like the one passed last year in Texas.
The National Conference of State Legislatures called the voter ID issue "the hottest topic of legislation in the field of elections in 2011," with legislation introduced in 34 states.