United States Attorney General Eric Holder called the Texas photo ID requirement for voters a "poll tax" which could deny the poor and minorities their rights. In a speech to an NAACP convention in Houston Tuesday, Holder said nationally, 25 percent of African-American voting age citizens lack a government-issued photo ID. Meanwhile, he said, only eight percent of white voting age citizens lack that ID.
"Now listen to this," he said. "Under the proposed law, concealed handgun licenses would be acceptable forms of photo ID, but student ID's would not. Many of those without ID's would have to travel great distances to get them and some would struggle to pay for the documents they might need to obtain them. We call those "poll taxes".
Supporters of the Texas law say it is needed to help prevent fraudulent voting. Holder called it a Republican political ploy. "But let me be clear: We will not allow political pretexts to disenfranchise American citizens of their most precious right," he said.
The Justice Department rejected the Texas law in March, leading the state to sue in federal court in Washington, D.C. A ruling is expected by next month.
FOX 34's Jeff Klotzman and Texas Tech political science professor Mark McKenzie got into the down-and-dirty details of voter rights in Texas. Click on the video to the right to watch the entire story.