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Congressman Files Suit to Stop Texas Voter ID Law

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After the Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott wasted no time. Abbott announced that Voter ID in Texas would be the law of the land. That didn’t sit well with Democrats who think showing an ID to vote is the worst thing they’ve ever had to do. Today, U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey filed a lawsuit claiming Voter ID is unconstitutional. According to the Houston Chronicle, papers were filed in Corpus Christi.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Democratic congressman has joined seven others in filing a federal lawsuit to keep Texas from enforcing its voter ID law.

U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey of Fort Worth filed the papers Wednesday in Corpus Christi, calling the requirement to show a state-issued photo ID card at the ballot box unconstitutional.

The lawsuit lodged comes just one day after the U.S. Supreme Court declared a section of the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional. That decision overthrew a decision by federal judges in Washington that Texas could not enforce the voter ID law.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott announced hours later that he would enforce it, even though the Washington court said it discriminated against minorities. The Veasey suit uses the same evidence and asks the Corpus Christi court to block it.

This should be thrown out since the Supreme Court has already ruled in favor if Voter ID for other states. Democrats have no problem showing an ID at a bank, airport, or to buy a beer, but ask them to show one when voting and somehow it’s racist.

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