Thursday, March 15, 2012

Voting Rights Under Threat in Texas?

In this article by Charlie Savage, Texas minority rights are under threat by a pending Texas election law requiring photo identification to vote. The intent of the legislation, which was blocked by the federal justice department, is to prevent ineligible voters from casting ballots, while on the flip side, many Texan Hispanics do not have photo identification, and therefore they could be disenfranchised by the law. Between 600,000 and 800,000 Texans do not have voter identification. The article does not make clear whether or not ineligible voting is an issue in Texas, or is this voter identification law an attempt by state Republicans to strengthen their popularity through voter exclusion.

Justice Department Blocks Texas' Photo ID Law

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