Any surprise that states that have enacted photo ID requirements are disproportionately southern states that are subject of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act because of past issues with, shall we say, suppressing voter participation?
WASHINGTON—The Justice Department's civil-rights division on Monday objected to a new photo ID requirement for voters in Texas because many Hispanic voters lack state-issued identification.To be clear, I don't think showing a photo ID is a huge deal, but I can also look at a data and recognize that there's not a widespread problem with fraud compromising our elections. Voter fraud is just another political bogeyman used to prey upon unfounded fears of the masses. Which of course, leads any rational person to question the true motivation of those advocating the policy.
Texas follows South Carolina as the second state in recent months to become embroiled in a court battle with the Justice Department over new photo ID requirements for voters.
Photo ID laws have become a point of contention in the 2012 elections. Liberal groups have said the requirements are the product of Republican-controlled state governments and are aimed at disenfranchising people who tend to vote Democratic—African-Americans, Hispanics, people of low-income and college students.
Proponents of such legislation say the measures are aimed at combating voter fraud. But advocacy groups for minorities and the poor dispute that and argue there is no evidence of significant voter fraud.