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6/26/2013 (9 months ago)

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Court decision is a win for states' rights.

The Texas Attorney General, Greg Abbott is jubilant following Tuesday's Supreme Court ruling that struck down an antiquated section of the 1965 Voting Rights Act and upholding a Texas law that required voters to show ID.

A Texas law intended to prevent voter fraud has been upheld by the Supreme Court.

A Texas law intended to prevent voter fraud has been upheld by the Supreme Court.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

6/26/2013 (9 months ago)

Published in Politics & Policy

Keywords: Voting Rights Act, 1965, Texas, voter ID, law, Abbott


AUSTIN, TX (Catholic Online) - Abbot told reporters, "This is a huge win for the Constitution and for equality in this country. Before today, different states were treated differently under the Constitution. The Voting Rights Act is the only law that was used to impose disparate or different kind of treatment. Specifically, Texas was called out and treated differently than other states."

Abbott referred to Indiana, and how that state passed a similar law to the one later passed in Texas, but that law survived a Supreme Court challenge. However, when  Texas passed it's nearly identical law, the Obama administration stepped in to challenge it.

"That just showed that they were using the Voting Rights Act law to treat Texas different from Indiana, and that was part of the backdrop behind today's decision." The Supreme Court held that the law was being used "unfairly, illegally, inappropriately, therefore it was unconstitutional," Abbott explained.

Opponents of the law and Obama supporters have said that voter fraud isn't a problem and that the law is designed to address a nonexistent problem. Abbott disagreed saying, "I have prosecuted voter fraud across the state of Texas. Voter fraud is real in the state of Texas. It's been real ever since LBJ won a disputed election for the United States Senate well over fifty years ago. And one of the ways to crack down on voter fraud is by requiring a photo."

He also explained that Texas would provide photo IDs to any American residing in Texas that needs one.

Ultimately, the decision is a victory for states' rights, as well as the integrity of the vote in Texas.

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