(NationalSentinel) Elections: Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered the Justice Department to withdraw from a lawsuit in Texas challenging that state’s voter identification laws, an action that has led more states to now consider new ID measures to strengthen voter integrity.
As reported by The Daily Caller, Sessions’ decision is a reversal from previous Justice Department policy; the Obama administration spent six years battling Texas over its voter ID law.
The DC noted further:
Officials from the Justice Department contacted liberal activist groups on board with the lawsuit against Texas, including the Brennan Center for Justice, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the NAACP, and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund about the change in policy at the DOJ, Salon reported.
Texas’s Republican majority legislature passed one of the strictest voter ID laws in the country in 2011 that mandated voters to show a driver’s license, passport or other government-issued photo ID prior to casting a ballot. The Obama administration Justice Department managed to block the law in 2013 after the department sued the state. A federal appeals court later ruled in 2016 the law discriminated against minorities without IDs and the legislation needed to be loosened.
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The Texas legislature changed the law to abide by the court’s rulings and had unveiled it a week before the DoJ decision.
Now that the case has been dropped, more than a dozen other states are considering similar changes to their voter ID requirements.
While Democrats repeatedly state that voter fraud is non-existent, they seem to be the party more interested in disassembling laws aimed at ensuring electoral integrity.