Thursday, March 15, 2007

Voter ID bill may be DOA

Kuff has a good post on Sen. Ellis' intent to kill any voter id bills. The only thing I have to add is this: last session, either Time or Newsweek, I forget which, said that the Department of Justice was going to have to investigate any efforts to impose a Voter ID bill in Texas because of our past history of intimidating people of color, specifically with Jim Crow laws.

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At 7:28 AM, Blogger Jim said...

Because of the Voting Rights Act, the DOJ has to approve any changes made to voting legislation or practices in the south (and a few other places), including redistricting and laws like this. As we saw with redistricting, the political appointees will almost certainly streamline this. Don't expect any resistance from the feds.

 
At 7:52 AM, Blogger imasuit said...

Good point.

 

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