Trial over Texas voter ID law begins in Washington

By: HENRY C. JACKSON, Associated Press
By: HENRY C. JACKSON, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - The new controversial voter ID law in Texas is finally going before a federal court in Washington.

The trial begins Monday and will determine whether Texas can implement its law requiring voters to show photo identification. The state claims the law will prevent voter fraud and is seeking to persuade a three-judge panel to uphold the statute.

But the Justice Department and a slew of intervening groups say the law disproportionately affects minority voters and violates the federal Voting Rights Act. They want it thrown out.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott says the state's new law is similar to those in Georgia and Indiana that have withstood legal scrutiny.

The trial is expected to last five days.

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  • by Anonymous on Jul 10, 2012 at 10:50 AM
    Not sure how this disenfranchises minorities, unless in extreme cases where $10 is too much for a state ID card. Is the entire case over showing photo ID, or is it more in line with the purging of voter rolls, similar to Florida?
  • by Sherman resident Location: Sherman on Jul 10, 2012 at 09:30 AM
    If you really care about voting then you will do whatever it takes to get to vote. Period.
  • by Ralph on Jul 10, 2012 at 07:14 AM
    This is ridiculous. I am appalled that our AG, Eric Holder, has nothing better to do than to sue his own states for something that is a common sense practice. This is nothing more than the democrats attempt to swing the election, through any means possible, since they know Obama can't do it on his record. Democrats say this "disenfranchises" minorities. If I were a minority, I would be so embarrassed. This is basically Eric Holder and the democrats saying that most minorities are too stupid to get a photo ID like the rest of us, so we should make exceptions for their ignorance or laziness, whichever it is! Bull!!
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      by Anonymous on Jul 10, 2012 at 03:54 PM in reply to Ralph
      You are a minority. You are one of a relatively few with an IQ under 75.
  • by joe on Jul 9, 2012 at 05:49 PM
    Illegals already got it made. Nice vehicles, houses,money,education,food and insurance. All which is given to them where the everyday hard working AMERICAN can barely get by.
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