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Vote my next guest promptly announcing that his state is appealing the decision to the US Supreme Court joining us tonight is the attorney general the great state of Texas Greg Abbott.
attorney general good to have you -- issue reaction first that by may.
Two to the decision by the Justice Department to permit.
Our New Hampshire to proceed with their voter ID law.
Well -- it is shows the problem that we're dealing with on a national level because.
There seems to be one settle laws that are permissible for some states but a different settle laws that are required for other states.
You know when we had these United States constitution.
All states are supposed to have equal protection under that document.
Here the way the United States Department of Justice is coming after the state of Texas this seems like taxes is being treated differently.
Especially live in lot of what you just said with regard to that New Hampshire law.
Are allowed to cast was -- provisional ballot derivative -- don't have -- -- when they go to the polls they can cast the ballot sign an affidavit and the improved by their identity later.
We have that same saving a provision.
In the taxes voter ID law.
If you don't have a photo ID at the time you go about you can cast a ballot sign an affidavit in the produce a photo later so why.
They allow it for New Hampshire but -- in -- -- a Texas.
Just doesn't make sense to hurt.
Points one is the reason that there is a difference in the procedure and the perspective of the Justice Department arguably is because of the civil rights history of the various states.
The southern states primarily in and so writes history our approval requirement that they must have the approval of the Justice Department.
In New Hampshire's case that does not apply secondly in the case of new hand right through the burden for that photograph and photo ID.
Is placed on the state.
And the electoral system rather than the individual.
Below -- -- like a very good lawyer because the -- are they they're very precise reasons but also.
That -- up the reason why we're going to be appealing.
The decision against Texas to the US Supreme Court took to elaborate on what you just said.
The United States Supreme Court.
Has already approved the constitutionality.
A voter ID laws and that's why states like New Hampshire and others can go and and implement them the reason why Texas this cannot.
Is because of the section five pre approval requirement are under the voting my -- And because Texas is being singled out taxes and eight other states.
Are being single out on that basis we are going to be challenging.
Whether or not that provision is constitutional or unconstitutional.
And so -- a lot of law will be -- if you will on the table for the justices.
To choose from and if they so choose.
We're also finding out and and talking with the number of people including the secretary of state Kansas.
-- back here mr.
We have talked about voter ID laws here across the country.
That have in employment factor.
You know and demonstrate.
Specifically Indiana and Georgia that they actually result in -- higher turnout of minority voters.
How do you square that -- for us.
Well that's one of the ironies of this whole litigation because the -- is about vote Friday which by the way are are few and number because all the polling shows that.
Well above 50% typically around seven and 80% of the people are in favor of voter IDs but the complaint -- have a say listen.
-- Friday is going to suppress racial minorities from voting.
Well it all that's hypothetical and turns out to be false because the truth of the matter is in the states that have implemented voter ID laws.
Voter participation by minorities is actually increase emits in the two prime examples and that is Indiana and Georgia -- have a longest track workers and so.
It's a false argument for people say that this is going to suppress.
The votes of racial minorities.
Attorney general Greg down from its always instructive -- with the thank you so much or wish you the very best -- -- concern we've met.
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