The Department of Justice asked a federal court to dismiss the department’s earlier claim that the ID law was put into place in order to discriminate against minority voters. This claim was made by the Obama Administration. This law would require voters to show one of the seven forms of photo identification that has been approved by the state, among which, gun permits are acceptable, but college IDs are not.
Many voter rights advocates, who worked with the Obama Justice department, were outraged by this sudden reversal. Voter fraud was a frequent problem and this is the reason these laws were put into place, it was not at all meant to discourage or prevent a group of people voting over another.
The Department of Justice is reversing the federal government’s position in an important voting rights case, involving a Texas voter ID law. The switch was not unexpected following the election of Donald Trump and confirmation of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General. Both Trump and Sessions claim voter fraud is a major problem and have backed voter ID laws. In a motion filed Monday, DOJ asked a federal court to dismiss the department’s earlier claim that the ID law was enacted with the intention of discriminating against minority voters. That claim was made by the Obama administration as part of a broader legal challenge to the law, which is among the strictest in the nation. But the Trump administration notes that the Texas legislature is now considering changing the law to address concerns that it hurts minorities. DOJ says those efforts should be allowed to proceed. Voting rights advocates, who worked with the Obama Justice Department for years on the court challenge, expressed outrage at the reversal.