WASHINGTON (AP) — The's civil rights division on Monday objected to a new photo ID requirement for voters in because many lack state-issued identification.
Texas follows South Carolina as the second state in recent months to become embroiled in a court battle with the Justice Department over new photo ID requirements for voters.
Photo ID laws have become a point of contention in the 2012 elections. Liberal groups have said the requirements are the product of Republican-controlled state governments and are aimed at disenfranchising people who tend to vote Democratic — African-Americans, Hispanics, people of low-income and college students.I can see a case for not putting unnecessary burdens in the way of exercising a fundamental right. But as this law review article points out, the Supreme Court has given inconsistent answers as to whether voting is a fundamental right. If citizenship is a requirement for voting (as it currently is), then why should voting be subject to a less burdensome requirement than buying a gun?