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The Justice Department Plays Tricks with Voter ID

Recorded on March 11, 2012

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.

Thirty-one states have voter ID laws, unless the Obama Administration gets its way. First they went after South Carolina's new law; now Obama's Justice Department wants to throw out the new voter ID law in Texas.

It's going to court, even though the Supreme Court already ruled that voter ID laws are proper. But by dragging things out, the Administration might keep these newest laws from being enforced during this year's elections.

Plus the feds are using trickery. They claim voter ID discriminates against Hispanics. About 6 percent of Texas Hispanics don't have a driver's license and about 4 percent of whites do not. Rather than saying the gap is only two percentage points, the feds say it's almost a 50 percent difference.

Voter ID is needed to prevent fraudulent voting; but to the Obama Administration, it's just another partisan political fight.

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.