Feds to re­scind op­po­si­tion to key part of Texas voter ID law

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AUSTIN, Texas — The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion plans to aban­don the fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s long­stand­ing op­po­si­tion to a key por­tion of Texas’ tough­est-in-the-na­tion voter ID law, a U.S. Jus­tice Depart­ment spokesman said Mon­day.

It’s a dra­matic break from the agency un­der Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, which spent years ar­gu­ing that the 2011 voter ID law that Texas’ Repub­li­can­con­trolled Leg­is­la­ture passed was in­tended to dis­en­fran­chise poor and mi­nor­ity vot­ers.

The law r equires vot­ers to show one of seven forms of state-ap­proved photo iden­ti­fi­ca­tion. The Jus­tice Depart­ment spokesman said although the agency will no longer ar­gue that the law was in­tended to dis­crim­i­nate against mi­nori­ties, it won’t with­draw from a part of the law­suit that ar­gues the law had the ef­fect of dis­crim­i­nat­ing against them.

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