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Voter ID Laws Attacked Again

Recorded on July 11, 2012

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.

While the federal government keeps expanding its power, President Obama's Administration is in court trying to restrict the decisions that can be made by state governments.

They essentially accuse Texas of racism for requiring photo ID to vote. The state had 50 recent convictions in voting fraud cases. And over 200 dead people voted in Texas last year. Photo ID is seen as a remedy, especially because the Supreme Court upheld a similar law in Indiana.

But federal law puts some states, including Texas, under greater scrutiny.

But Attorney General Eric Holder compares photo ID requirements to slavery-era poll taxes—even though you can't get into the Justice Department building without photo ID.

Whatever the ruling from this week's trial, you can expect an appeal. And another court drama soon because South Carolina's law is also being challenged in court.

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.