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Dallas County eyes joining federal voter ID suit

DALLAS (AP) — Dallas County commissioners are considering voting to join the federal voting rights challenge to the state’s new voter ID law.

That law requires voters to present photo identification to vote in person.

The Justice Department sued the state of Texas in federal court in Washington, D.C., in 2011. It alleges the Texas law would discriminate against minority voters.

In a joint statement, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins and District Attorney Craig Watkins say the legislation “could disenfranchise many registered voters in Texas and Dallas County.”

The law had been limited because of provisions of the U.S. Voting Rights Act. The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key portion of the law earlier this year, however, and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and Governor Rick Perry immediately implemented the ID law.

 

 

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Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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