Obama administration objects to Texas voter ID law

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Posted: Mar 12, 2012 12:14 PM
Obama administration objects to Texas voter ID law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Monday blocked a new Texas law requiring voters to show photo identification before they can cast a ballot because of concerns that it could harm some Hispanic voters who lack such identification.

The Justice Department said that data from Texas showed that almost 11 percent of Hispanic voters did not have a driver's license or state issued identification card and that plans to mitigate those concerns were incomplete.

This is the second state voter identification law blocked by the Obama administration, earlier objecting to a strict new law in South Carolina from taking effect as well.

(Reporting by Jeremy Pelofsky; Editing by Jackie Frank)