Ginsburg Says Push for Voter ID Laws Predictable

11:28 AM, Jul 26, 2013   |    comments
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg attends California first lady Maria Shriver's annual Women's Conference 2010 on October 26, 2010 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California. Attendees to the conference include Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and candidates for California Governor Republican Meg Whitman and Democrat Jerry Brown. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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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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