Ginsburg says push for voter ID laws predictable

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Associated Press

Posted on July 26, 2013 at 3:33 AM

Updated Friday, Jul 26 at 4:03 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says it's no surprise that Southern states have pushed ahead with tough voter identification laws and other measures since the high court freed them from strict federal oversight of their elections.

Ginsburg says that Texas' decision to implement its voter ID law hours after the court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act was powerful evidence of a need to keep states with a history of voting discrimination from changing the way they hold elections without getting advance approval from Washington.

Ginsburg made the comments in an interview with The Associated Press

The Justice Department says it will try to bring Texas and other places back under the advance approval requirement through another, unchallenged part of the law.

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