Texas is preparing to implement the new Voter I.D. law, even as Democrats again file suit to try to block it, 1200 WOAI news reports.
Attorney general Greg Abbott announced Tuesday, immediately after the U.S. Supreme Court ruling invalidating the portion of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 which allowed the Obama Administration to block the Voter I.D. law from taking effect that it would be implemented immediately, and voters will have to show a government issued i.d. card before they cast any type of ballot.
"Many Texans already have the necessary photo i.d. for voting," DPS Spokeswoman Catherine Cessinger told 200 WOAI news. "If you have a Texas Drivers License, if you have a Texas personal i.d. card, if you have a passport, if you have a Concealed Handgun License here in Texas."
She says the DPS will begin handing out 'Voter I.d. cards' to anybody who does not have one of those forms of identification, but you’ll have to prove that you are a U.S. citizen and you have the right to vote in Texas.
"A Texas resident, you must be eligible to vote in Texas," she said. "That means they'll have to show us proof of residency at the time."
Meanwhile, several Democrats, led by U.S. Rep. Mark Veasey (D-Ft. Worth) filed a federal lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Corpus Christi demanding that a judge throw out the state's Voter I.D. law, which was approved by the Legislature in 2011.
"The law would have the effect of denying thousands of Texas voters the ability to vote in person, a large number of whom would be disenfranchised entirely since absentee voting in Texas is available to only certain specified categories of voters," lawyers for the plaintiffs said in the lawsuit.
A lawsuit challenging Voter I.D. laws will be far more difficult to win without the oversight provisions of the Voting Rights Act. The Voter I.D. law in Indiana, which is nearly identical to the one passed in Texas in 2011, has been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. The only reason the Texas law was blocked was because of Texas' former position as one of the states requiring 'pre-clearance' for election law changes.