The U.S. Justice Department admitted yesterday morning that the Obama administration has a vested interest in the votes of illegal immigrants. The DOJ sent a letter to Texas officials Monday informing them that their law requiring voters to show a state-issued ID at the polls discriminates against Hispanic voters and therefore violates the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
The DOJ’s reasoning? A Hispanic voter is much more likely not to have a valid ID than a non-Hispanic voter, and therefore requiring an ID to vote would discriminate against these voters.
Here’s an alternative line of reasoning: could it be that the aforementioned Hispanics don’t have valid ID’s because their living here illegally?
Red Alert Politics decided to give DOJ the benefit of the doubt and see if any other realistic obstacles are stopping Hispanics in Texas from getting ID cards.
We found that:
1. Texas offers ID cards for non-drivers that cost a maximum of $16.
2. Drivers licenses do not cost more than $25
3. Foreign language driving exams are available for non-English speakers.
The only requirements that could be troubling for said Hispanic voters would be that obtaining an ID requires proof of citizenship, a Social Security number and proper identification.
Texas is the second state that has faced federal interference on Voter ID so far. South Carolina received a similar notice from the DOJ in December.
The New Hampshire State Senate passed a bill last Wednesday enacting Voter ID after conservative filmmaker James O’Keefe released a video after the New Hampshire Republican primary showing how easy it was in New Hampshire to obtain ballots under the names of dead people.
Voter ID laws have also been a hot topic in North Carolina, a key swing state. The Republican legislature passed a Voter ID bill in June of 2011, however, Democrat Governor Bev Perdue – who recently decided not to seek reelection – vetoed it despite her growing unpopularity. Furthermore, an October Civitas poll found that 77 percent North Carolinian support a voter ID law.
Hopefully with Republican Governors in our states’ executive offices next year and Obama out our country’s, Texas, states like Texas and The Carolinas will finally be able to pass the Voter ID laws the our country needs and desires.