President Trump’s Department of Justice is dropping opposition to a voter ID law in Texas that requires an actual photo document to cast a ballot.
The Obama administration spent the better part of a decade battling the law on the grounds that it discriminates against minority voters, because apparently the ability to attain a photo ID is more difficult depending upon your skin color.
Via the Guardian:
An attorney for a voting rights group said Monday that Donald Trump’s administration will no longer challenge a strict Texas voter ID law, signaling a dramatic change in the government’s approach to civil rights under its new attorney general, Jeff Sessions.
The justice department told plaintiffs in the case against the law that the government will formally end its opposition to the law, according to Danielle Lang, the deputy director of voting rights for the Campaign Legal Center.
“It’s a complete 360,” Lang told the Associated Press. “We can’t make heads or tails of any factual reason for the change. There has been no new evidence that’s come to light.”
Lang said the reversal was an “extraordinary disappointment”.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) will be filing legal documents to drop its opposition to the law.
Texas governor Greg Abbott celebrated the decision:
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) February 27, 2017
J. Christian Adams, president and general counsel for the Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF), issued a statement praising the DOJ decision.
“Since the Obama Administration’s initial filing, the federal government’s position has only grown weaker,” Adams said. “We are seeing early reminders of what a Justice Department looks like when it drops the ideological pet projects and follows the law.”
The photo ID law allows voters to use one of seven possible forms to cast a ballot, meaning the law actually expands options for all citizens, rather than limiting them as Democrats would argue.