Department of Justice blocks Texas law designed to suppress minority votes

WASHINGTON – 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.

The only way Republicans can win consistently is by using ‘small government, papers please?’ laws to keep the people they keep screwing over from voting.

NYT: Justice Dept. Blocks Texas Pho
http://mobile.nytimes.com/2012/03/13/us/justice-dept-blocks-texas-photo-id-law.xml

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