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