Justice Dept Opposes Texas Voter ID Law

Pete Yost, Yahoo! News, March 12, 2012

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.

Photo ID laws have become a point of contention in the 2012 elections. Liberal groups have said the requirements are the product of Republican-controlled state governments and are aimed at disenfranchising people who tend to vote Democratic—African-Americans, Hispanics, people of low-income and college students.

Proponents of such legislation say the measures are aimed at combating voter fraud. But advocacy groups for minorities and the poor dispute that and argue there is no evidence of significant voter fraud.

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.


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.

In a letter to Texas officials that was also filed in the court case in Washington, the Justice Department said Hispanic voters in Texas are more than twice as likely than non-Hispanic voters to lack a driver’s license or personal state-issued photo ID. The department said that even the lowest estimates showed about half of Hispanic registered voters lack such identification.


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  • The Fox News version said that DOJ said that 11% of Texas Hispanics have no valid ID.

    Duh, illegal aliens.  If you add in the ones whose IDs are phony, it’s way higher than 11%.

  • dd

    Attorney General Holder is a wise man.  Based on his conclusions we should now repeal murder and rape laws since crime statistics reveal those laws are more harmful to blacks than whites.

  • StivD

    Obama, compared to this guy, is nothing. I’m far more worried about Holder running for President at some point than I am Obama. You want to see real black tyranny? Then it would be Holder.

    • Oil Can Harry

      IMHO Thomas Perez is even more anti-white than Holder.

      • StivD

        He’s from Maryland, so he may be.

  • Well, I wish I could say what I really think about Holder but I don’t need Magic Lantern putting me in a District Six FEMA camp…

  • rentslave

    Christie will replace Holder next year.

  • Even non citizens have IDs. There is no telling how many people vote that by law are not allowed to.
    One can’t help but wonder about Obama’s sincerity in preserving and protecting the Constitution.
    Obama is a product of that school of legal thought that believes that the Constitution is an anachronism
    that does not fit into the new multicultural anti white model for our society. Obama must be aware that the majority of  Hispanics are also dual citizens. The best way to destroy a nation is to allow foreigners equal rights with natural born citizens. Obamas motive is clear he wants to secure the Hispanic vote and win the election at all costs so he can complete his oppressive, anti white, anti American progressive agenda. I wonder if he understands the meaning of the word treason?

  • Afrikanerhart1

    In Texas a non-driving photo ID car costs a whopping 10$ to procure.  If someone wants to vote, they can spring for that…hell if they are that broke they can save up for it.  The voter ID law is in no way a hardship.  There is no legitimate reason for anyone to oppose this.  But that’s the problem isn’t it?  Those who oppose this law do so for nefarious reasons.

    • Even if you don’t happen to have a photo ID, you can still vote with a provisional ballot.  And as long as all the information you present about your age and address check out, your vote is counted.  The problem for the left is that because provisional ballots are check for veracity of information, they’re not conducive to voter fraud.

      Another bromide you’ll hear is that “voter fraud isn’t that big of a problem”  That’s literally correct but not the point.  Politics are games of margins, and just a little voter fraud in just the right place can drastically change the outcome of an election.  If this year’s Presidential election comes down to one state, and the state is very close, then just a little bit of fraud could decide the Presidency.  There need not be any fraud anywhere else.

  • Obama is doing everything in his power to cash in on his pandering to illegal invaders, with promises of amnesty. He wants to clear the way for every illegal invaders to cast their votes for him in 2012. He will subvert any law or efforts put forth to protect the integrity of the political process, in order to make it happen. He only cares about retaining power.

  • Two politicians most of us can name as having a reputation for immigration restrictionism, Kris Kobach and Jan Brewer, have both endorsed Romney.  Now, Brewer endorsed him just a few days before he won the AZ primarily easily, so she might have been nothing but a frontrunner.  But Kobach endorsed Romney long ago, I’m just wondering if he saw something the rest of us can’t or haven’t.

    Someone on V-Dare suggested that Romney name Kobach as his running mate now, in order to solidify his credentials on the issue, and it would probably instantly end the primary battle.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Let the voter fraud commence!!  Does a rap sheet count as ID??  

    I heard from a bona fide Texan tonight that it’s impossible to buy Musinex or Sudafed in Texas without an ID!!  How do Hispanics buy liquor on payday without an ID?

    Where does it say in the Constitution that the president gets to decide which state laws are valid and which are not?

    What is Governor Perry’s response to this?

    The VRA of 1965 was enacted by Texan LBJ and extended for 25 years by another Texan, “compassionate conservative” GWB — who should have picked up a veto pen.

    Texas is one of nine states under the VRA of 1965 and recently had to redraw districts that had already been approved by the TX legislature.

    You have one right left — the right to send in your tax dollars to Washington DC.


  • John Maddox

     Exactly, they are just as culpable, but what matters right now is who is currently in power. I think we all have to agree that another four years of BO would be a disaster. We can also expect that any Republican who gets into office is probably not going to do anything either. My concern is a lame duck President with an anti American agenda.

  • 44th georgia

    I say yes to a separate country in, perhaps, the northwest.  But first I want a  few states to try secession again before taking this drastic step.  A sudden break means war. 

    My idea is a legally vetted  soft secession where the states that split retain links to the old US but could throw aside detrimental Washington laws and odious rulings by hacks in black robes. 

    If there were a poll taken I suspect that 30 to 40 percent would opt for secession.  The reason they don’t act is too many are tied to Washington largess.

    Therefore, any secessionist treaty would have a clause that obligates the US to continue payments for the  next 75 years.  The break away states would contribute to a pool for support. 

    Anyway, give Holder his due.  He’s looking out for his brown brothers. He does this so openly and brazenly it’s amazing but he knows there will be no consequences.

    And, Holder suspects that there are still enough brainless white people willing to politically cut their own throats and those of their kids and grand kids  to re-elect the Kenyan.  In his second term two more hacks will be elevated as supreme dorks, maybe Holder will be one of them. 

    At that point even the stupidest white person will know it’s over.  Thus, I believe in the Kenyan’s supreme court granted third term a number of states will opt for separation if not a total divorce. 

    A big hello to you fools in DHS CBP  and the Fusion centers who monitor harmless sites like AMREN. 

    • Well said.  But I don’t believe they will let us go without either a fight or under a situation of extreme stress, i.e. complete collapse of the government or a series of natural disasters that create the collapse of the government.  We are slaves in every meaning of the word and our masters will not let us go.  And some of the slaves enjoy the enslavement so we have two enemies.

      “A big hello to you fools in DHS CBP and the Fusion centers who monitor harmless sites like AMREN.”

      Most of the media makes fun of those that call attention to the run away criminal behavior of these centers.  Of course the monitoring they do has probably captured all of us here in their search net, maybe not posting anon here but you will slip up somewhere and be added to the list.  The newest snoop software, Magic Lantern can discover who you are.  So being white, a patriot, a vet, straight, religious, anything that used to be “normal”, you are now the target, a person of interest.

  • The_Bobster
  • The_Bobster


    Though some U.S. states allow people to vote without IDs, Mexico makes no exceptions for individuals lacking the proper documents. The Federal Electoral Institute also refused to extend the registration period or grant an amnesty for those applying late, leaving more than a million people ineligible to vote.

  • In any normal country voters need to identify themselves, by showing ID cards or something equivalent. It’s standard procedure without which a voting process is irregular.

  • ageofknowledge

    Mexico almost has Texas back. They take 81% of the new job growth and vote in the elections. Remember the Alamo?