Attorney General Jeff Sessions has barely gotten into the office, but the Department of Justice has sent word to Texas that they will no longer be opposing the Texas voter ID law.
The DOJ under the Obama administration had joined the lawsuit against Texas in opposition to the law.
BREAKING: Attorneys: Trump administration says it will drop federal government’s opposition to strict Texas voter ID law.
— The Associated Press (@AP) February 27, 2017
According to NBCDFW:
Danielle Lang, of the Washington-based Campaign Legal Center, said Monday that plaintiffs in the case were told by the U.S. Justice Department that it will be filing documents to formally drop its opposition to the Texas law.
How requiring an ID to vote can be racist has always seemed to be a strange argument.
In fact, the opposite seems to be true. Suggesting that because someone is a minority that they are not able to get an ID seems to be racist in itself, not to mention infantilizing.
I don’t know anyone who is so poor that they can’t get an ID. In fact, because you need an ID for so many basic things in life it’s virtually impossible to imagine someone who wouldn’t have one. But even that can be resolved if you provide possibility of free or subsidized IDs as some states do.
The only reason that a party would be against an ID would be if you thought that your voters couldn’t legitimately vote in the election either because they were illegal aliens or unable for other reasons to vote legally.