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Justice Dept. sees bias in Texas’ voter ID law

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The Justice Department said Wednesday there is substantia­l evidence that Texas’ voter identifica­tion law will discrimina­te against minorities.

The department’s assertion came in papers filed in a Washington federal court explaining why Texas lawmakers should have to testify and turn over their communicat­ions regarding the law to a panel of judges considerin­g whether the law can be implemente­d by the November election.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott argued lawmakers should not have to reveal internal deliberati­ons. The law passed last year would require voters to present an official photo ID before voting. Texas is one of nine states required to submit all changes to electoral law for federal approval.

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