Hot topic in federal court, NAACP
From Houston to D.C., the Texas voter ID law is again taking center stage on Monday.
While the Justice Department squares off against Texas in a federal courtroom, Attorney General Eric Holder will be speaking at the NAACP convention in downtown Houston.
Holder has been a vocal critic of our state law requiring photo identification at the ballot box.
"For today's Department of Justice, our commitment to strengthening and to fulfilling our nation's promise of equal opportunity and equal justice has never been stronger," Holder told the Black Caucus this spring. "No where is this clearer than our current efforts to expand access to and prevent discrimination in our elections systems."
Houston Attorney Chad Dunn filed the first legal challenge to the law, and will call the first witness in effort to make the case requiring a photo ID is too burdensome for low-income and elderly voters.
"They have to take the bus down to the natural records office to get their birth certificate, so you've now spent a day getting your birth certificate," says Dunn. "The next day you get on a bus and take to the driver's license office and hopefully get a photo ID when you get out of there, which is an onerous burden for a lot of folks."
However, supporters of the law like Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert disagree.
"You're making illegal aliens potential voters, and creating the opportunity again for dead people to continue to vote," the Tyler Republican told Fox News. "It will allow those who shouldn't be voting to vote."
This is the same battle that delayed the Texas primary election this spring, and whichever way the federal court rules, legal analysts expect an appeal all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
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