U.S. backs Texas voter-ID law in court

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

AUSTIN, Texas — Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s ad­min­is­tra­tion says Texas has scrubbed its voter-ID law of any po­ten­tial dis­crim­i­na­tion and wants a judge who once com­pared the mea­sure to a “poll tax” on mem­bers of mi­nor­ity groups and the poor to re­sist fur­ther ac­tion.

That stance from the U.S. Jus­tice Depart­ment was filed in court Wed­nes­day.

In Fe­bru­ary, the Jus­tice Depart­ment re­versed its ear­lier ar­gu­ment that Texas passed voter-ID rules with pur­pose­ful dis­crim­i­na­tion in mind. Now it says Texas law­mak­ers fixed things in May by rat­i­fy­ing a weaker ver­sion that should sat­isfy the courts.

The de­ci­sion rests in the hands of U.S. District Judge Nelva Gon­za­les Ramos of Corpus Christi, who has twice ruled that orig­i­nal law was in­ten­tion­ally meant to sup­press mi­nor­ity-group vot­ers.

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