Daily Caller Reports:
State legislatures have begun pushing voter identification proposals since Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered the Justice Department to withdraw from its legal fight against Texas’s voter ID law.
The move by Sessions is a reversal of the previous administration’s DOJ six-year legal battle against the Texas law.
Officials from the Justice Department contacted liberal activist groups on board with the lawsuit against Texas, including the Brennan Center for Justice, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the NAACP, and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund about the change in policy at the DOJ, Salon reported.
Texas’s Republican majority legislature passed one of the strictest voter ID laws in the country in 2011 that mandated voters to show a driver’s license, passport or other government-issued photo ID prior to casting a ballot.
The Obama administration Justice Department managed to block the law in 2013 after the department sued the state.
A federal appeals court later ruled in 2016 the law discriminated against minorities without IDs and the legislation needed to be loosened.