NAACP to join federal lawsuit over Texas voter ID

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Associated Press

Posted on August 27, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 27 at 5:04 PM

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — The NAACP has asked to join the Justice Department's lawsuit to overturn the voter ID law in Texas.

On Tuesday Sherrilyn Ifill, president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, said the organization considers the requirement to show a government-issued ID card racially discriminatory.

The Texas law is one of the most restrictive in the nation, requiring voters to produce one of five state-issued ID cards to cast a ballot. The Justice Department filed the lawsuit in Corpus Christi last week seeking to have the law declared unconstitutional.

A three-judge court in Washington DC stopped enforcement of the law after it determined the law would hurt mostly minority voters. But a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision took away that court's authority to block it.

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