Judge Napolitano Predicts That the Texas Voter ID Law Will Be Invalidated
There’s a political showdown underway over whether Texas can require people to show photo identification in order to vote. State officials say the rule would help prevent voter fraud, but officials at the Department of Justice blocked the law earlier this year saying that it discriminates against minorities who are said to be less likely to have photo IDs. Current Texas law allows people to show a voter registration card or a utility bill. The new rule would require a government-issued photo card.
Judge Napolitano weighed in on the case, saying that statute has to be neutral. “It can’t be written with the purpose of enhancing the vote for one side or the other,” he said.
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He presented both sides of the argument, saying that argument in favor of the statute is that if you are required to present an ID to fly, to enter a federal building, etc., you should have to show an ID in order to vote. The opposing viewpoint is that voting is a fundamental liberty and therefore you shouldn’t need an ID.
Napolitano believes that the law will be invalidated. “I believe that the Justice Department will be able to show this will have an unfair burden on the elderly, the poor, and the minorities,” he said.