Monday, March 12, 2012

Justice Dept. Blocks Texas Photo ID Law - NYTimes.com

Justice Dept. Blocks Texas Photo ID Law - NYTimes.com

The Justice Department’s civil rights division on Monday blocked Texas from enforcing a new law requiring voters to present photo identification at the polls, contending that the rule would disproportionately suppress turnout among eligible Hispanic voters.       

The decision, which follows a similar move in December blocking a law in South Carolina, brought the Obama administration deeper into the politically and racially charged fight over a wave of new voting restrictions, enacted largely by Republicans in the name of combating voter fraud.       

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