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Filing Targets Texas Lawmakers' Voter ID Communications

Filing Targets Texas Lawmakers' Voter ID Communications
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POSTED: Monday, April 2, 2012 - 8:28pm

UPDATED: Monday, April 2, 2012 - 8:29pm

by Julián Aguilar

In the latest development in Texas’ battle with the Obama administration over the state’s voter ID law, the U.S. Department of Justice is urging a federal court to deny the state’s request to keep certain communications between lawmakers, staff and constituents out of upcoming court proceedings.

In a court filing dated Thursday, the department argued that it should be allowed to “depose those legislators believed to have had the most active role in drafting, introducing, and advocating for SB 14.” The law requires that voters furnish photo identification before casting a ballot.

The filing was in response to the state’s request for a protective order, in which it argues that the communications in question should be excluded based on state privilege.

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