The Obama administration has once again blocked a state from passing reasonable voter identification laws, infringing on Texas' right to help ensure fair elections. The new law would simply require that a voter must show a valid identification in order to cast a ballot.
The lack of a reasonable voting requirement measures leaves the door open for all sorts of fraud, including ballots to be cast by non-citizens, or high turnout of recently deceased voters. According to the voter application website for Texas, I can get a voter I.D. without providing any proof of residency, a drivers license, or even a social security number. There's seems to be little or nothing that would stop a group of individuals for registering many times over, casting multiple early votes, requesting absentee ballots or voting at multiple locations. It's open season for voting in Texas, in other words.
The Obama administration instead argues that such a law is "unfair" and it is unreasonable to expect that someone could be able to obtain a government-issued identification, even if it were free. Yet the government does not feel this way about showing identification for entering a federal building or nightclub, applying for a passport, applying for a job, or purchasing alcohol, tobacco, airline tickets, train tickets, guns, cars, and homes. If anything, it's almost unreasonable to assume that a US citizen would not have some form of valid photo identification.
Previously: Over the past several election cycles there have been many alleged instances of voting fraud found to have occurred during the voting process. There have been instances of votes being cast in the names of the recently deceased, allegations of double registrations, and absentee voter fraud. In many states you can simply show up to vote with any registered name and be allowed to vote, without proof. A number of states have sought to make it a requirement to show a government issued ID to vote, which has proven both logical and popular idea among voters. One such state is South Carolina, which passed legislation that would have required voters to present an official government-issued photo ID. The law doesn't seem too unreasonable given that there are laws requiring ID's for all sorts of things including driving, purchasing alcohol or tobacco, and flying on an airplane. But once again, the DOJ interfered and prevented South Carolina from enacting the law.