Today the Justice Department’s civil rights division objected to a new photo ID requirement for voters in Texas on the grounds that many Hispanic voters lack state-issued identification.
Here’s is an excerpt on the report from Reuters:
The state law approved in May 2011 required voters to show government-issued photo identification, which could include a driver’s license, a military identification card, a birth certificate with a photo, a current U.S. passport, or a concealed handgun permit.
The Justice Department said that data from Texas showed that almost 11 percent of Hispanic voters, just over 300,000, did not have a driver’s license or state issued identification card, and that plans to mitigate those concerns were incomplete.
“Hispanic registered voters are more than twice as likely as non-Hispanic registered voters to lack such identification,” Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez said in a letter to the Texas director of elections outlining the objection.
This is the second state voter identification law blocked by the Obama administration, which earlier objected to a strict new law in South Carolina that it prevented from taking effect. South Carolina then sued in federal court seeking approval of its law.
The Twitter reaction to DOJ’s move has been overwhelmingly negative:
Doctrine of disparate impact strikes again: Perfectly reasonable Texas voter ID law squashed by Obama http://t.co/oCch1Xnx
— Neil Edmondson (@NeilJEdmondson) March 12, 2012
We have to show ID at the polls in southern Ohio. Maybe that's biased against Appalachians? Give me a break. http://t.co/D4G2oRj9
— JayAyS (@JayAyS) March 12, 2012
No one will vote for him otherwise – he needs the illegals – Justice Department files objection to Texas voter ID law: http://t.co/BylKOgxD
— Hammy Sammich (@MarcBrumbaugh) March 12, 2012
Eric Holder Heads up the new Department of Racism http://t.co/S8e6CB1B If there is no controlling legal authority, when limit yourself?
— William McCormick (@WEMcCormick) March 12, 2012
Justice Dept opposes Texas voter ID law – http://t.co/u99XLNW2 This is ridiculous.
— Madonna Warwick (@MadonnaWarwick) March 12, 2012
— LBF (@ranKismet) March 12, 2012
On the other hand, a minority of Twitter users celebrated the DOJ’s move:
— Morgan MenesesSheets (@morgmeneshets) March 12, 2012
— Bill King (@garak99) March 12, 2012