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Texas AG Tells Janine Turner that SCOTUS Voting Rights Act Decision Is a ‘Huge Win for Equality’

Greg Abbott implements Texas Voter ID law immediately after the ruling.

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Bryan Preston

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June 25, 2013 - 2:47 pm
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Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott responded to today’s Supreme Court decision striking down Section 4 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act by implementing Texas’ voter ID law. The Texas legislature had passed that law in 2011, only to have the Obama-Holder Justice Department put it on ice while challenging it under the Voting Rights Act.

Appearing on the Janine Turner Show today, Abbott was jubilant.

“This is a huge win for the Constitution and for equality in this country,” Abbott said. “Before today, different states were treated differently under the Constitution. The Voting Rights Act is the only law that was used to impose disparate or different kind of treatment. Specifically, Texas was called out and treated differently than other states.”

Abbott noted that Indiana approved a voter ID law a few years ago and had that law upheld by the Supreme Court. But when Texas passed a nearly identical law in 2011, the Obama administration used the Voting Rights Act to block it.

“That just showed that they were using the Voting Rights Act law to treat Texas different from Indiana, and that was part of the backdrop behind today’s decision,” Abbott said. The court ruled today that that law was being used “unfairly, illegally, inappropriately, therefore it was unconstitutional,” Abbott said.

Democrats counter that voter ID laws like Texas’ address a problem that doesn’t exist. Abbott disagrees.

“I have prosecuted voter fraud across the state of Texas,” he told Turner. “Voter fraud is real in the state of Texas. It’s been real ever since LBJ won a disputed election for the United States Senate well over fifty years ago. And one of the ways to crack down on voter fraud is by requiring a photo [ID].” Abbott noted that the vast majority of Americans already have photo ID, and for those that do not, the state of Texas will provide one.

Attorney General Abbott also described the decision as a great decision for state sovereignty as well as for voting rights and the state of Texas.

Listen to the entire interview on the next page.

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Finally, common sense makes a welcomed appearance. In a nation of some 300 million free people, we also have anywhere from 10-30 million illegals floating around under the radar screen. And ACORN, although in disguise, is still lurking in the shadows trying to corrupt the voting process. It just makes sense that if one wants to vote, one must properly register and prove that he is who he say he is. A picture ID goes a long way toward meeting that requirement when one presents himself at the polls on voting day.
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Robert's argument is so compelling and obvious it is inconceivable that four other judges could actually disagree. Liberalism is truly a mental disorder, no matter how well educated the victim.
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Finally some progress. All states should have Voter ID laws
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A SouthTexas precinct voted in alphabetical order for LBJ, - "Path to Power" good set of books.

ID would work, and provisional votes would prevent accusations of voters being denied the right to vote.
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One should point out that in those days both sides were equally corrupt, so LBJ didn't really win through corruption. If he had played by the rules, his opponent would have stolen the election. (Democracy? What's that?)

Today the Republican machines are mostly gone, so the Democrats have inherited most of the corruption on a national basis.
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Add the ink-stained finger to prevent multiple votes with bogus IDs.
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"“Before today, different states were treated differently under the Constitution."


Well, no. Before today, different states were treated differently under the Voting Rights Act. That's exactly the problem with the Act. The Constitution does not allow for such treatment.
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When I voted last November (in Idaho), I had to show my ID to be directed to the correct precinct, and then had to show it again to actually vote. I was glad that our state actually insures that the person voting is registered. Plus, don't you have to show an ID to get all the benefits being pushed by the Obam Administration?
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I remeber going to my precinct in Baltimore, and they couln't find me. Then it finally ocurred to them that I might be one of that rare species, a Republican, and they looked at the other lsit and found me.
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This just in, all ballots in Commiefornia will be in Spanish.
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Based on recent Supreme Court decisions we mus have two constitutions,one for liberals and one for Conservatives.
It appears that,in most cases,the Conservative members are basing their decisions on the original document
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I know your excited Bryan....

But it was section 5.

Thank God!
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They struck down section 4, which indirectly affected section 5.
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So how the hell are those lying cheating democrats supposed to steal elections now?
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I wasn't born in Texas but I got here as fast as I could. And I'll spend the rest of my days here. God bless the Lone Star state.
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Me too.
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Finally, common sense makes a welcomed appearance. In a nation of some 300 million free people, we also have anywhere from 10-30 million illegals floating around under the radar screen. And ACORN, although in disguise, is still lurking in the shadows trying to corrupt the voting process. It just makes sense that if one wants to vote, one must properly register and prove that he is who he say he is. A picture ID goes a long way toward meeting that requirement when one presents himself at the polls on voting day.
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The ID is necessary, but not sufficient. People could have multiple IDs. The sure way to prevent multiple voting is the INK-STAINED Finger as in the Iraqi elections.
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