Took them long enough, not that I’m complaining.
Two weeks after Texas’ voter ID law was scheduled to go into effect, the measure is back in the U.S. Department of Justice’s hands.
The Texas secretary of state’s office on Thursday submitted its latest batch of data in hopes of satisfying the federal government’s request for proof that the law, SB 14 by state Sen. Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay, will not disenfranchise minority or lower-income voters. The law, passed during the 82nd Texas Legislature, would require voters to furnish a state-issued ID before casting a ballot.
Under Section 5 of the federal Voting Rights Act, the Justice Department reserves the right to review laws that affect voter participation before they are enacted. The federal government now has 60 days to review the recently submitted information and render a decision.
The rest of the story is a review of how we got here, plus the information that the SOS doesn’t think the data it sent was very reliable. Though the SOS has now finally complied with the DOJ’s request, the state is expecting the law to not be precleared, as was the fate of South Carolina’s law. Assuming that happens, you can expect the whole thing to wind up before the Supreme Court. It’s going to be a long year.