AG says Texas ID law would harm minorities

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder says he opposes a new photo ID requirement in Texas elections because it would be harmful to minority voters.

In remarks to the NAACP in Houston, the attorney general says the Justice Department will not allow American citizens to be disenfranchised from their right to vote.

The attorney general says many of those without IDs would have to travel great distances to get them and that some would struggle to pay for the documents they might need to obtain them.

Holder made the comments amid a trial in federal court in Washington over the 2011 law passed by Texas' GOP-dominated Legislature that requires voters to show photo identification when they get to the polls.

Associated Press
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