Politics

Texas Voter ID Law Accepts Gun Licenses, But Not Social Security Cards

| by Michael Allen

On Monday, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Texas Legislature will go to court over Texas’ controversial voter ID law, reports the San Antonio Express-News.

The law, SB 14, requires voters to show one of a very narrow list of government-issued documents, except Social Security, Medicaid, or student ID cards, to vote.

Gun licenses, however, are acceptable I.D. to vote.

The U.S. Department of Justice found that Texas’s SB 14 will “disenfranchise at least 600,000 voters who currently lack necessary photo identification and that minority registered voters will be disproportionately affected by the law.”

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On Monday, Texas will defend the law as a necessary measure to prevent voter fraud. Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) has claimed that “Texas has a responsibility to ensure elections are fair, beyond reproach and accurately reflect the will of voters.”