Am I taking crazy pills? The Obama administration is blocking the requirement to show a photo ID to vote?
“The Obama administration on Monday blocked a new law in Texas requiring voters to show photo identification before they can cast a ballot, citing a concern that it could harm Hispanic voters who lacked such documents.
The law, which was approved in May 2011, required voters to show government-issued photo identification, such as a driver’s license, military identification card, birth certificate with a photo, current U.S. passport, or concealed handgun permit.
The Justice Department said that data from Texas showed that almost 11% of Hispanic voters, or more than 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, head of the department’s civil rights division, said in a letter outlining the objection to the Texas director of elections.
Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry criticized the decision, saying he was obligated to ensure the integrity of elections.
‘The DOJ has no valid reason for rejecting this important law, which requires nothing more extensive than the type of photo identification necessary to receive a library card or board an airplane,’ he said in a statement.
It was the second state voter identification law blocked by the Obama administration, which earlier prevented a strict new law in South Carolina from taking effect. South Carolina then sued in federal court seeking approval of its law.”
Koy T comments: This is politics Chicago-style. Pork on the bottom, lots of cheese, sauce on top, all done backwards, and really deep.
Ben P comments: Dems claim it is an unconstitutional burden to require photo ID to vote and discriminatory of the poor. Most states require a photo ID or birth certificate to register to vote, can not understand why people can’t bring the same proof when they are at the polls…. it opens the door to voter fraud. Lame…
thebrackpipe comments: “‘The idea that this is a human rights abuse is ridiculous,'” said Hans von Spakovsky, a voter fraud expert and senior legal fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation, in Washington, D.C.
‘The UN allowing this to take place under their roof makes them, unfortunately, complicit in what really is a publicity stunt by the NAACP, and I think it wastes their time, when they should be going after real and sustained human rights abuses like the things going on in horrible places, like North Korea.’
Spakovsky, who supports voter photo ID laws, says it is a hypocritical and meaningless waste of time to present a case against American electoral laws at the UN forum.”