Elections

July 12, 2012 7:23 PM

Texas legislator testifies to feds that state's voter ID law is unfunded mandate

At issue in court in Washington is the Obama administration's refusal to pre-clear the law under the Voting Rights Act, which protects minority voting in Southern states and other regions with a history of discrimination.

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