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Opening arguments set stage for Texas ID law trial

By Henry C. Jackson

WASHINGTON (AP) - The state of Texas and the Justice Department are beginning their arguments in a trial over Texas' new voter ID law, setting the stage for a legal battle over the federal Voting Rights Act.

Lawyers for Texas are arguing a 2011 law passed by its GOP-dominated Legislature that requires voters to show photo identification does not violate the Act, passed in 1965 to protect minorities' right to vote. The Justice Department - along with other intervening groups supporting the Justice Department's position - says the law disproportionately discriminates against minority voters.

Arguments in the case began Monday. The trial is taking place in a federal court in Washington, after Texas sued the Justice Department, which blocked the voter ID law in March.

Testimony is expected to continue through Friday.

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  1. lwessonComment by lwesson
    July 9, 2012 @ 2:42 pm

    Here in Texas, I was asked last week to show ID for my State auto sticker, for an insurance quote, and the so called “Justice” Dept. steps in and denudes my vote, by allowing the open gateway for the DEAD to vote, illegals to vote, to vote more than once… . Tyranny on parade.

    Since so many so called minorities are adoring, lifetime minions of the Nanny State, they are required to show ID for the Food Stamp scam, the Public Housing scam, Disabilities scam… BUT they cannot be bothered to whip out that same identification to simply VOTE!?

    The gaming of the system, is to WIN. No need for rules. No need for verification… . Someday soon, no need for elections, that’s for suckas.

    Hopefully I will get to meet Sheila Jackson Lee once again, (shudder) and give her a knowing smile, a wink, that I know Dead People, shamble up from the graveyard nearby, and vote for her. Only the Dead could be so stupid.

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  2. americanjoeComment by americanjoe
    July 9, 2012 @ 2:50 pm

    I sure hope it is upheld and before the November elections. We the people of Texas voted for this and passed it. Now Obama the lawyer has to stop it or take the risk of having a fair election. It really ticks me off that he is allowed to get away with such corruption, we can thank the liberal media and Hollywood for that.

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  3. ocollaughComment by ocollaugh
    July 9, 2012 @ 2:59 pm

    Like other natural born Americans, I must provide a driver’s license, and a birth certificate to renew my license, while a non English speaker in the same room, takes a test and gets a license, with only a probably fake green card in hand.

    So is it at all unusual for the president and his personal injustice department to step in and support illegals over natural born Americans?

    It seem that the only Halt/Alto to Obama’s Socialist plan is an honest ballot box? But protect your pockets while voting.

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  4. RadmanComment by Radman
    July 9, 2012 @ 3:39 pm

    Iwesson: As a fellow Texan, I could not agree more with your statements. (I even have to show my photo I.D. AT MY OWN BANK if I want ANY cash back from a state-issued check being deposited into my own account right then!

    The Supreme Court has already ruled that the requirement to show a photo ID to vote is NOT unduly burdensome. Further, in 2008, they declared Indiana’s photo ID law to be both constitutional and “amply justified” to protect the integrity and reliability of the electoral process. Could it be any more obvious that the liberals’ claims of discrimination against, or “supression” of, minority voters and the elderly are specious on their face… and constitute a giant “red herring” argument. Democrats fear that minimizing voter FRAUD when and wherever THEY deem it critical will prevent them from winning many elections? And about that, they’re correct! They even disengenuously attempt to equate voter ID laws with the long-outlawed poll tax and literacy tests. Without question, it’s unadulterated bovine excrement!

    What part of this simple qualifying statement do these idiots not understand about someone appearing to vote in person?
    “ONE accurately-identified individual who is otherwise qualified to cast a ballot in the election being conducted equals ONE legitimate voter!” No more, no less!

    It’s interesting to note that our Texas AG Greg Abbott has an excellent editorial on the legitimacy and the appropriateness of voter ID laws in the Austin American-Statesman today, 7/9:

    http://www.statesman.com/opinion/id-laws-arent-significant-obstacle-to-proper-votes-2413382.html

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  5. BobinmsComment by Bobinms
    July 9, 2012 @ 6:04 pm

    Seniors may purchase a Golden Age Passport that provides lifetime free admission to our parks. This summer I visited several parks (Yosemite, Petrified Forest, etc.) and in every case I was required to show a photo ID. I reminded them that the government does not require a photo ID to vote.

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  6. Jim ForsytheComment by Jim Forsythe
    July 9, 2012 @ 6:31 pm

    It is a sad commentary on our country that our own Federal government is promoting voter fraud. The sleaze must be voted out in November.

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  7. Patrick BowmanComment by Patrick Bowman
    July 9, 2012 @ 7:33 pm

    the only reason not to show an ID is so you can cheat! I believe that if the law were passed and everyone had to prove who they were the Democraps would lose every election. dayton would have lost to Colman on the first count (oops he did) he would have lost by a large margin with no need for recounts.

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  8. Carpentier KennethComment by Carpentier Kenneth
    July 9, 2012 @ 11:25 pm

    This doesn’t make sense to me, Utah requires a valid ID to be shown before you can even head to the polling booth. So what is different with this law and the Texas law? Is it maybe that they are implementing it now instead 20 years ago, well then it wouldn’t have been such a big deal, huh. As I see it, the Federal government doesn’t have the right to tell the states how to administer how they verify those entering the voting booth. If a state wants to use a valid ID. then that is their right, if President Obama doesn’t like it, then he can show us the REAL birth certificate, so we can move on to the next problem in this country. HIM!

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    • kawi9kenComment by kawi9ken
      July 10, 2012 @ 12:05 am

      The difference between Texas and Utah is that Texas borders Mexico.

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