After Attorney General Jeff Sessions told the Justice Department to withdraw its legal action from the Texas Voter I.D laws, State legislatures across the country have started pushing for stricter laws on voter identification.
In 2011, Texas passed a law that required voters to present a photo I.D before casting a ballot, the law was fought against by activists and the DOJ. The Obama administration managed to block the law in 2013, and in 2016 the law was deemed discriminatory against minorities. Now it’s ready to move forward again.
As reported in the Daily Caller:
Texas Republicans had already revealed their new voter ID bill a week before the DOJ announcement. The new legislation would revamp the state’s voter identification rules in an effort to abide by the court rulings.
Other state lawmakers seeing an opportunity with the change in policy with the new administration followed suit to join the more than 30 states with voter ID requirements at the polls. At least 16 states are considering voter ID proposals in their state legislatures.
Iowa legislators in the House passed a voter ID bill last week after 12 hours of debate. The Iowa bill calls for five forms of ID that would be valid at the polls — four include a photo. The fifth ID option is a new voter verification card the state and county would issue to each voter for free. Should a voter appear at the polls without a valid ID, the individual could cast a provisional ballot.