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Latino Daily News

Monday March 12, 2012

JUST IN:  Obama Blocks Controversial Texas Voter ID Law, Citing Unfair to Latinos

JUST IN:  Obama Blocks Controversial Texas Voter ID Law, Citing Unfair to Latinos

Photo: Texas Voter ID Law Blocked

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The Obama administration has just blocked Texas’ proposed voter ID law that would require government issue photo identification to vote.  The Department of Justice (DOJ) cited the demographic make up of the Latino voting base as reason for the block, saying the law would have an unfair impact on the Hispanic voter.

The data submitted to the DOJ according to TPM showed that “Hispanic registered voters in Texas were either 46.5 percent of 120 percent more likely than average voter to lack a form of photo ID.”

This contentious issue tends to run along party lines with Republican insisting on voter ID laws to maintain election integrity though the number of voter fraud cases is nearly none-existent.  Whereas Democrats views this as an effort to keep minorities away from the voting poll, feeling they will be the most affected by any Voter ID requirement.

The head of the DOJ’s civil rights division, Thomas Perez stated: “Even using the data most favorable to the state, Hispanics disproportionately lack either a driver’s license or a personal identification card.”

Eight voter ID laws were passed in eight states in 2010.

Click here for the letter the DOJ sent to Texas Director of Elections.