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