New Hampshire voters who hope to see the integrity of state elections protected this fall should not get their hopes up. Attorney General Eric Holder is not about to uphold a state voter ID law if he can come up with any possible excuse for rejecting it. He made that clear during a Tuesday speech to the NAACP.
Commenting on the new Texas voter ID law, Holder said, “Many of those without IDs would have to travel great distances to get them, and some would struggle to pay for the documents they might need to obtain them. We call those poll taxes.”
Really? Texas accepts seven forms of ID: a driver’s license, election identification certificate, Dept. of Public Safety personal ID card, U.S. military ID, U.S. citizenship certificate, U.S. passport, or a state concealed carry license. The voter registration certificate is free. To get one, residents need only show that they are registered to vote.
The Justice Department claims that even with a free election ID certificate, the law is a racially disproportionate hardship because a voter would have to get to a DMV office to get one, higher proportions of black and Hispanic voters don’t own cars, and 81 of Texas’ 254 counties don’t have a DMV office.