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La Opinión Lauds DOJ for Rejecting Texas Voter Photo ID Law

Posted: Mar 15, 2012

An editorial in Spanish-language newspaper La Opinión argues that the Department of Justice correctly rejected implementation of the Texas law requiring voter photo identification. The law, editors write, was 
"a solution to a non-existent problem" that "would effectively disenfranchise more than half a million Latino voters."

States with prior histories of voter discrimination, like Texas, must pre-clear changes in their election procedures. The court's permanent injunction against this law is the best example why the Justice Department's oversight is still necessary, editors write.

More than 31 states already require some sort of identification, and other types of voter suppression laws are being proposed across the country by Republican-dominated state legislatures.

The Department of Justice estimates that close to 795,955 registered voters in Texas –the majority Latinos– do not have individual photo identification. The Constitution says they have the right to vote without the imposition of artificial impediments.

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