August 25, 2013
Eric Holder’s Justice Department announced last week that it will file a new lawsuit against Texas. Its claim? That the state’s voter ID law “violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, as well as the voting guarantees of the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments” to the Constitution.
This is just another example of Obama administration’s “mounting war against commonsense election integrity efforts,” Heritage Foundation legal expert Hans von Spakovsky says.
Unfortunately for Holder, his claims just don’t hold up. Von Spakovsky explains that recent legal decisions would tend to support Texas’ law:
The constitutional claim is certainly at odds with the fact that the U.S. Supreme Court held in 2008 that Indiana’s voter ID, which is similar to the Texas law, was not a violation of the Constitution, including the Fourteenth Amendment. The Court held it was a reasonable requirement to protect the integrity and reliability of the electoral process.
Moreover, challenges to voter ID laws as discriminatory under the Voting Rights Act have also failed.
Do you think the federal government should spend taxpayer funds on a case like this?