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July 10th, 2012
02:41 PM ET

Is the Texas voter ID law discriminatory? Voter registration law expert Michael Waldman weighs in.

Michael Waldman is the President of NYU's Brennan Center for Justice which is representing the NAACP against Texas regarding the voter ID law. Texas lawmakers argue it is needed to curb voting fraud. While opponents of the law feel it is discriminatory and will potentially block thousands of legitimate registered voters from voting in November's elections.

“We all want election integrity, we want people to be who they say they are but this law was crafted very precisely it seems to be a way a lot of people don’t have the ID,” Waldman says. “In Texas now under this new law you can not use your University of Texas ID but you can use your concealed carried gun permit.”

Waldman adds, "about 11 percent, 1 out of 10 American citizens don’t have the kind of specific government ID… that a law like this includes.”


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