In a somewhat ironic twist, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder slammed Texas’ voter I.D. law in an event where media were required to have identification to attend.

Holder called Texas’ Voter I.D. law “harmful” to minorities, and said “The arc of American History has always moved toward expanding the electorate” at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People national convention Tuesday in Houston.”s Katie Pavlich pointed out that the organization requires all media members to “present government-issued photo I.D. (such as a driver’s license) as well as valid media credentials,” in order to be able to attend the event.

Detractors of the Voter I.D. law claim that minority voters may be disenfranchised by the new regulations. Holder claims, according to the Associated Press that many of those without photo identification would have to travel “great distances” to get their identification, and some would have difficulty paying for the documents needed for obtaining the I.D.

University of Texas Political Science Professor Daron Shaw testified at the federal trial regarding the law Wednesday, saying that the voter identification requirements would not affect poll turnout.

The Voter I.D. case is being heard by a three-judge panel in Washington this week.

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