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- 03-13-2012, 12:08 AM #11
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Ah! Texas the Lone Star state! "It's beauty pales in comparison!"
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1 Gohmert, Louie 202-225-3035
300 E SHEPHERD AVE. LUFKIN TX 75901-3252
Louie Gohmert | Facebook
2 Poe, Ted 202-225-6565
1801 KINGWOOD DR. KINGWOOD TX 77339-3060
Ted Poe - Wall | Facebook
3 Johnson, Sam 202-225-4201
2929 N CENTRAL EXPY. RICHARDSON TX 75080-2003
Contact | Congressman Sam Johnson
Sam Johnson | Facebook
4 Hall, Ralph M. 202-225-6673
104 N. San Jacinto St. Rockwall, TX 75087-2508
Write Your Representative - Contact your Congressperson in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Ralph Hall | Facebook
5 Hensarling, Jeb 202-225-3484
810 E CORSICANA ST.ATHENS TX 75751-2629
Send Me an E-Mail | Representative Jeb Hensarling | Representing the 5th District of Texas
Jeb Hensarling | Facebook
6 Barton, Joe 202-225-2002
303 N 6TH ST. CROCKETT TX 75835-1611
Joe Barton Congressman - 6th District of Texas
Joe Barton | Facebook
7 Culberson, John 202-225-2571
10000 MEMORIAL DR.HOUSTON TX 77024-3422
Contact Authorization | John Culberson - U.S. House of Representatives
Rep. John Culberson | Facebook
8 Brady, Kevin 202-225-4901
200 RIVER POINTE DR. CONROE TX 77304-2814
Contact - Email Congressman Brady - Representing the 8th Congressional District of Texas
Kevin Brady | Facebook
9 Green, Al 202-225-7508
3003 S LOOP W. HOUSTON TX 77054-1301
Rep. Al Green | Facebook
10 McCaul, Michael T. 202-225-2401
2000 S MARKET ST. BRENHAM TX 77833-5885
Congressman Michael McCaul : Contact Form
Michael McCaul | Facebook
11 Conaway, K. Michael 202-225-3605
6 DESTA DR.MIDLAND TX 79705-5520
Contact | Congressman Mike Conaway
Mike Conaway - Wall | Facebook
12 Granger, Kay 202-225-5071
1701 RIVER RUN. FORT WORTH TX 76107-6529
Kay Granger | Facebook
13 Thornberry, Mac 202-225-3706
4245 KEMP BLVD. WICHITA FALLS TX 76308-2824
Congressman Mac Thornberry
Mac Thornberry - Wall | Facebook
14 Paul, Ron 202-225-2831
1599 E MOCKINGBIRD LN.VICTORIA TX 77904-2139
Ron Paul | Facebook
15 Hinojosa, Rubén 202-225-2531
2864 W TRENTON RD. EDINBURG TX 78539-9232
Email Me | Congressman Rubén Hinojosa, Representing the 15th District of Texas
Congressman Rubén Hinojosa (TX-15) | Facebook
16 Reyes, Silvestre 202-225-4831
310 N MESA ST. EL PASO TX 79901-1364
Congressman Silvestre Reyes - Government Official - El Paso - Wall | Facebook
17 Flores, Bill 202-225-6105
400 AUSTIN AVE. WACO TX 76701-2138
Congressman Bill Flores : Email Bill
Rep. Bill Flores - Wall | Facebook
18 Jackson Lee, Sheila 202-225-3816
1919 SMITH ST. HOUSTON TX 77002-8049
Contact | U.S. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee - Wall | Facebook
19 Neugebauer, Randy 202-225-4005
611 UNIVERSITY AVE. LUBBOCK TX 79401-2285
Congressman Randy Neugebauer : Contact Randy
Congressman Randy Neugebauer | Facebook
20 Gonzalez, Charlie A. 202-225-3236
727 East Durango. San Antonio, TX 78206-1286
Charles A. Gonzalez | Facebook
Charlie Gonzalez (@TX20CharlieG) on Twitter
21 Smith, Lamar 202-225-4236
1100 NE LOOP 410. SAN ANTONIO TX 78209-1537
Contact | Congressman Lamar Smith
Congressman Lamar Smith - Wall | Facebook
22 Olson, Pete 202-225-5951
1650 HIGHWAY 6. SUGAR LAND TX 77478-4925
Congressman Pete Olson : Contact Us Form
Pete Olson | Facebook
23 Canseco, Francisco 202-225-4511
1313 SE MILITARY DR. SAN ANTONIO TX 78214-2800
Contact | U.S. House of Representatives
Congressman Francisco "Quico" Canseco - Wall | Facebook
24 Marchant, Kenny 202-225-6605
9999 VALLEY RANCH PKWY E. IRVING TX 75063-4730
Contact : U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant
Kenny Marchant - Wall | Facebook
25 Doggett, Lloyd 202-225-4865
300 E 8TH ST. AUSTIN TX 78701-3233
Rep. Lloyd Doggett | Facebook
26 Burgess, Michael 202-225-7772
1100 CIRCLE DR. FORT WORTH TX 76119-8111
Michael Burgess - Politician - Lewisville | Facebook
Michael Burgess, MD (@michaelcburgess) on Twitter
27 Farenthold, Blake 202-225-7742
101 N SHORELINE BLVD. CORPUS CHRISTI TX 78401-2341
Congressman Blake Farenthold - Government Official - Corpus Christi - Wall | Facebook
28 Cuellar, Henry 202-225-1640
602 E CALTON RD. LAREDO TX 78041-3693
Rep. Henry Cuellar
U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-2 | Facebook
29 Green, Gene 202-225-1688
909 DECKER DR. BAYTOWN TX 77520-4441
Gene Green - Government Official - Houston, TX - Wall | Facebook
30 Johnson, Eddie Bernice 202-225-8885
3118 MAPLE AVE. DALLAS TX 75201-1220
Congresswoman E.B Johnson Redesign 2011 : Contact Us
Eddie Bernice Johnson | Facebook
31 Carter, John 202-225-3864
6544 S GENERAL BRUCE DR. TEMPLE TX 76502-5811
Rep. John Carter - Wall | Facebook
32 Sessions, Pete 202-225-2231
12750 Merit Drive, Dallas, Texas 75251-1229
Congressman Pete Sessions
Pete Sessions - Wall | Facebook
- 03-13-2012, 07:03 AM #12
Justice Dept.: TX law could limit Hispanic voting
Associated PressBy PETE YOST | Associated Press – 14 hrs ago
FILE - In this March 5, 2012 file photo, Attorney General Eric Holder speaks at the Northwestern University law school in Chicago. The Justice Department says a newly enacted photo ID requirement in Texas has the potential to disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of registered Hispanic voters. The law's supporters say it's aimed at combatting voter fraud. (AP Photo/Brian Kersey, File)Enlarge Photo
FILE - In this March 5, 2012 file photo, Attorney General Eric Holder speaks at the …
WASHINGTON (AP) — A photo ID requirement for voters in Texas could disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of registered Hispanics, the Justice Department declared Monday in its latest move against Republican-led voting changes in many states that have drawn protests from minorities, poor people and students.
The Justice objection means that now a federal court in Washington will decide whether Texas, as well as South Carolina, will be allowed to enforce its new voter photo ID requirements. Justice's move merely blocked a Texas law until the court rules.
Other states have similar laws and more are moving toward them as advocates portray the restrictions as needed to combat voter fraud.
The Justice Department conveyed its objection in a letter to Texas officials that was also filed in the U.S. District Court case in Washington between Texas and the department. Justice said Hispanic voters in Texas are at least 50 percent more likely and possibly more than twice as likely as non-Hispanic voters to lack a driver's license or a personal state-issued photo ID, which the Texas law requires.
The range was so broad because Texas provided two sets of registered voter data to the Justice Department. It relied on the two Texas-supplied lists for the estimates of 175,000 and 304,000 registered Hispanic Texas voters who do not have driver's licenses or state-issued IDs.
Voter ID bills were "the hottest topic of legislation in the field of elections in 2011," as legislation was introduced in 34 states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Since the beginning of the 2011 legislative session, eight states have passed photo ID laws: Alabama, Kansas, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin, Mississippi and Rhode Island. All but two were enacted by Republican legislatures and Republican governors.
Mississippi's law was passed by voter referendum placed on the ballot by a Democratic House and a Republican Senate. Rhode Island's law was enacted by a Democratic legislature and an independent governor.
This year, the Republican-controlled Virginia General Assembly and Senate passed a voter ID measure, which Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell is expected to sign. In Pennsylvania, the Republican-controlled House debated a photo ID measure on Monday; if it is approved, Republican Gov. Tom Corbett is expected to sign it.
The new photo ID requirements have become a point of contention in the 2012 elections. Liberal groups say the push for these requirements is led by Republicans aiming to disenfranchise people who tend to vote Democratic — African-Americans, Hispanics, the poor and college students.
For the past three months, Attorney General Eric Holder has been especially vocal about voting rights. "We need election systems that are free from fraud, discrimination and partisan influence — and that are more, not less, accessible to the citizens of this country," the attorney general said in a speech at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Museum in Austin, Texas.
Proponents of such legislation say the measures are needed to combat voter fraud. But advocacy groups for minorities and the poor argue there is no significant voter fraud.
Hans von Spakovsky, who headed Justice's civil rights division during the Republican administration of George W. Bush, has said one reason there is scant evidence of voter fraud is no one checks ID at the polls. "Nobody's saying it's large scale," but fraud could make a difference in close races, said von Spakovsky, a senior fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation.
Of the Texas law, Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez, head of Justice's civil rights division, wrote the Texas secretary of state: "I cannot conclude that the state has sustained its burden" of showing that the newly enacted law has neither a discriminatory purpose nor effect.
The department had been reviewing the Texas law and discussing it with state officials since last year. In January, Texas officials sued Holder, seeking a court ruling that the state's recently enacted voter ID law was not discriminatory in purpose or effect.
As a state with a history of voter discrimination, Texas is required under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act to get advance approval of voting changes from either the Justice Department or the U.S. District Court in Washington.
In December, the Justice Department rejected South Carolina's voter ID law on grounds it makes it harder for minorities to cast ballots. It was the first voter ID law to be rejected by the department in nearly 20 years.
In response, South Carolina sued Holder; the state argued that its new law will not disenfranchise any voters.
Like South Carolina and Texas, Alabama and Mississippi are covered by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, so they will have to obtain approval from the Justice Department or the federal court here before their photo ID requirements can go in effect.
The Justice Department has said it is reviewing voter ID laws in other states not covered by Section 5, but the department has not identified them.
Last week in Wisconsin, a county judge imposed a temporary injunction suspending that state's photo ID requirement. Rhode Island's new photo ID requirement will not take effect until 2014.
The Justice Department most likely will take undertake a broader, more aggressive review over the next several months, said Jamie Chandler, a political science professor and election expert at Hunter College.
Justice's Texas letter drew familiar reactions from politicians and activists.
"Voter fraud undermines the electoral process and can sway the ultimate outcome of elections," said House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas. "This is an abuse of executive authority and an affront to the citizens of Texas. It's time for the Obama administration to learn not to mess with Texas."
Texas's voter ID law "would prevent countless Latinos, African-Americans, elderly citizens and others from casting their ballot," said Katie O'Connor, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union's voting rights project. "We're pleased the Department of Justice has recognized the harms this discriminatory law would have on people's fundamental right to vote."
Justice Dept.: TX law could limit Hispanic voting - Yahoo! NewsThe price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men. Plato
- 03-13-2012, 07:12 AM #13The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men. Plato
- 03-13-2012, 07:41 AM #14
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