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Feds: Not Enough Information To Clear Voter ID Law

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A new Texas law that would require more identification from voters has hit a road bump.

The U.S. Department of Justice says the state provided "incomplete" information. Therefore, the agency says they can't determine whether the new law would illegally discriminate against
minorities. Federal law requires that changes to voting practices in Texas be cleared by federal officials before they can be enforced.

A report in the Austin American-Statesman says that will likely delay the scheduled Jan. 1 start of
enforcement of the new law.

The law was passed by the Legislature earlier this year. It would require Texas voters to show an approved form of photo identification before they can cast ballots. It was unclear if the
delay would affect the next statewide election, the March primary.

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