Judges to review Texas ID voting law

Department of Justice examining law to see whether it's inte­ntionally disc­riminatory

SAN ANTONIO - A three judge panel from the Department of Justice will review a Texas law that requires voters to present a photo ID when at the polls.

On Monday, the panel will begin examining whether the law Texas lawmakers passed last year intentionally discriminates against people without a driver's license..

State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer will take the stand on Tuesday. He told KSAT 12 News reporter Ryan Loyd on Sunday night that the bill would leave 700,000 Texans without a way to vote.

"And, frankly, if you don’t have a driver’s license, then there’s a pretty good correlation that you don’t have a car. It means you’re getting to these places on the VIA bus. You probably work. DPS is only open between the hours of 8 and 5," said Martinez Fischer.

Martinez Fischer believes the law targets minorities, the elderly, and transients.

He said out of 13 million voters in the last two elections, only one was indicted for voter fraud.

"The problem is, is your desire really to protect the system or is your desire to really disenfranchise people, make it harder and harder for them to vote?" said Martinez Fischer.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said the U.S. Supreme Court has already found that voter ID requirements are constitutional and non-discriminatory, and that several states are allowed to require an ID at the polls.

Abbott said that since 2002, the Department of Justice has prosecuted 100 people for voter fraud, including 50 convictions in the state of Texas.

The panel is expected to convene after a week. A decision is expected by August 31.


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