Last time a president pushed the Justice Department to go on a voter fraud witch hunt, its integrity was shot and Americans’ voting rights suffered. This could be the opening salvo to another wide-ranging effort to restrict voting rights nationwide.
The notion that millions voted illegally is preposterous. An expensive investigation of imaginary voter fraud is not needed and could easily devolve into a witch hunt. Worse, it could justify sweeping voting restrictions.
The full Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals had struck down the law as racially discriminatory last summer. Approximately 600,000 registered voters did not have the acceptable ID required under the law as originally written.
Only hours after the inauguration, the Department of Justice requested to postpone Tuesday’s hearing in the Texas photo ID case. It was scheduled to argue that the state had intentionally discriminated against Latino and African American voters.
A federal district court entered an order to ease Texas’s strict photo ID law — and allow voters without ID to cast a regular ballot this November. The ruling is part of a string of major voting victories in recent weeks.