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Texas Voter ID Law Will Face Scrutiny Before the November Election

Texas Voter ID Law Will Face Scrutiny Before the November Election

A federal judge in Corpus Christi ruled on Wednesday that a federal lawsuit challenging the legality of the state's controversial Voter ID law is expected to begin in September as scheduled, 1200 WOAI news reports.

 

  Civil Rights groups like the Mexican American Legislative Caucus, which is one of the groups fighting voter i.d., says it is very important that the law be thrown out before the November general election.

 

  "We believe that conducting an election under a procedure that discriminates against the minority community would be wrong," said Jose Garza, lead council for the MALC.

 

  "We don't want another election under a discriminatory election practice."

 

  The Texas Voter ID law, which had been approved by the Texas Legislature in 2011, was held up by the Justice Department, under its authority under Title V of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which required 'pre clearance' for any change in election law or procedure undertaken in eight states including Texas, states which have a 'history' of voter suppression.

 

  But the U.S. Supreme Court last June threw out Title V, and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, who is the Republican candidate for governor, immediately imposed the Voter ID law.  It was used for the first time in last November's issues election, and next month's primary will be the first time that the law will be used in a candidate election.

 

  Garza says it is critical that it be the last time.

 

  "The minority community in Texas has too often been forced to participate in gerrymandered election plans, in elections which violate the Constitution and the Voting Rights Act," he said.

 

  Republicans say Voter ID is needed to prevent voter fraud.  Garza and Democrats say voter fraud is almost non existent, and they say Voter ID is a thinly disguised way to suppress the mostly Democratic minority vote.

 

 

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