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Tuesday
Jul102012

Justice Department Challenges Texas Voter ID Law

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Attorneys for the Justice Department and the state of Texas had a showdown in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., on Monday over a new Lone Star State law that requires voters to show a photo ID before they cast a ballot.

In what many view as a challenge to the Voting Rights Act, the landmark 1965 legislation that protects minorities, Texas passed a law that requires voters to possess a driver’s license, a passport or another form of photo ID.

The two sides ended up in federal court when the Justice Department moved in March to block implementation of the law, and Texas sued.

The issue has been the subject of partisan debate for decades.  Republican supporters of the law say it prevents fraud, while Democrat opponents say the rule unfairly targets minorities, most of whom vote Democratic.

Democrats say many members of the minority community do not have a driver’s license or passport.  The Democrats also say voter fraud is a rare occurrence and passing a law to prevent such an infrequent event would disenfranchise thousands.

Attorney Adam Mortara, representing the state of Texas, told the three-judge panel that “no one is stopped from voting by these laws.”  He argued that the Justice Department’s position that a photo-ID requirement disproportionately affects minority voters is based on “flawed analysis.”

Mortara told the judges, “There is no actual ID disparity between the races or ethnic groups.”

Justice Department attorney Elizabeth Westfall argued that the Texas law would make things difficult for the state’s 1.4 million voters who don't have a photo ID.

She told the court, “Texas is unable to meet its burden of showing that the law will not have a discriminatory affect.”

Texas is just one of a number of states with Republican-controlled legislatures that have passed or are developing new laws designed to prevent voter fraud.

The hearing is scheduled to last five days, and a ruling is expected by next month.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Apr202011

Arizona Sheriff Wants Public to Vote on 'Mug Shot of the Day'

Hemera Technologies/Thinkstock(PHOENIX) -- Over the years, Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona's Maricopa County has humiliated prisoners by dressing them in pink work suits and having them live in tent cities during the hottest days of summer.

Now, Arpaio's latest gimmick is asking the public to vote for their favorite "Mug Shot of the Day" by going to MCSO.org.

The sheriff is conducting an online poll of mug shots taken of people arrested for various crimes and it's up to readers to decide which unfortunate suspect wins the "Mug Shot of the Day."

Arpaio's rationale is that it will get more people to click on the website and possibly help in criminal investigations.  He also contends that it's educational, because visitors will be exposed to different aspects of the law and learn the responsibilities of law enforcement workers.

Making fun of the disheveled and downtrodden depicted in the mug shots is probably another perk, but the sheriff isn't claiming such.´╗┐

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Saturday
Oct302010

McDonald's Franchisee Tells Employees to Vote Republican

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(CANTON, Ohio) -- Vote Republican or perhaps sacrifice your raise. That was the message McDonald’s franchisee Paul Siegfried sent employees of his restaurants in Canton, Ohio.

In a letter to employees that accompanied workers’ paychecks, Siegfried wrote, “If the right people are elected we will be able to continue with raises and benefits at or above our present levels. If others are elected we will not.”

The letter continued with the names of candidates that Siegfried said “will help our business move forward.” Among the names listed were John Kasich for Ohio Governor, Rob Portman for Senate and Jim Renacci for Congress.

Siegfried has apologized, calling his actions “an error of judgment.”

Voters across the nation head to the polls on Tuesday.

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