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Obama Vetoes Voter Identification Law in Texas

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Published on Mar 12, 2012

A law passed in Texas last May that would expand the requirements for voter identification has been vetoed by the Justice Department, Reuters and the Washington Post reports. The law would have required that voters provide approved identification when voting, a requirement that the Obama administration felt would suppress Hispanic voters in Texas.

The law could have affected as many as 300,000 Hispanic voters in the state of Texas this November if it had been approved. Hispanic voters are much less likely to have proper identification than the non-Hispanic electorate.

Recently, the Justice department vetoed another voter ID law in South Carolina, citing concerns that the South Carolinian voter ID law would deter African American votes. The Obama Administration has also recently challenged redistricting policies in Texas.

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