Dallas County Joins Voter ID Suit

DALLAS (August 20, 2013)--Dallas County commissioners voted 3-2 Tuesday to join the federal voting rights challenge to Texas' new voter ID law, which requires voters to present photo identification to vote in person.

County Judge Clay Jenkins and Commissioners Theresa Daniel and John Wiley Price, all Democrats, voted for the measure.

Democrat Elba Garcia and Republican Mike Cantrell voted against joining the suit.

Garcia voiced concerns about the cost, and Cantrell said the county shouldn't use county funds for a partisan fight.

The Justice Department sued Texas in 2011, alleging the new law discriminated against minority voters.

The ID law wasn't enforced because of conflicts with the U.S. Voting Rights Act, but after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down parts of the act earlier this year, the state quickly reinstated the requirement.

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