Today the¬†Justice Department‚Äôs civil rights division objected to a new photo ID requirement for voters in¬†Texas¬†on the grounds that many¬†Hispanic voters¬†lack state-issued identification.
Here‚Äôs is an excerpt on the report from Reuters:
The state law approved in May 2011 required voters to show government-issued photo identification, which could include a driver‚Äôs license, a military identification card, a birth certificate with a photo, a current U.S. passport, or a concealed handgun permit.
The Justice Department said that data from Texas showed that almost 11 percent of Hispanic voters, just over 300,000, did not have a driver‚Äôs license or state issued identification card, and that plans to mitigate those concerns were incomplete.
‚ÄúHispanic registered voters are more than twice as likely as non-Hispanic registered voters to lack such identification,‚ÄĚ Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez said in a letter to the Texas director of elections outlining the objection.
This is the second state voter identification law blocked by the Obama administration, which earlier objected to a strict new law in South Carolina that it prevented from taking effect. South Carolina then sued in federal court seeking approval of its law.
The Twitter reaction to DOJ‚Äôs move¬†has been overwhelmingly negative:
On the other hand, a minority of Twitter users celebrated the DOJ‚Äôs move: