The Department of Justice has told the State of Texas that it does not have sufficient information to reach a decision about whether to pre-clear the state’s new photo voter ID law under section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.
Here’s the DOJ’s letter:
Among other items, the letter asks for more information on the efforts the state will take to educate voters about the new law and detailed information on the ethnicity of the more than 605,000 registered Texas voters who do not have a driver’s license.
The letter also asks for information about the locations where voters without a photo ID will be able to obtain a free voter ID and about the administrative guidelines the state proposes to issue.
Once the state provides the requested information, the DOJ will have another sixty days to consider the law.