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News Posted on July 18, 2012

Professor Elmendorf Comments on Texas Election Law

Professor Christopher S. Elmendorf commented for on the legal battle over a Texas voter identification law that requires would-be voters to present photo identification. 

The Obama administration has blocked implementation of the law on the grounds that it will discourage members of minority groups from voting.  Texas is one of 16 states or jurisdictions that need permission from the Justice Department or a federal court in Washington before changing election procedures because of their history of voting rights violations.  The state has sued the Justice Department in federal court, claiming the law is needed to prevent voter fraud.

"Clearly there is a sense that the political stakes are high," said Elmendorf. "There's a belief that in close elections these laws could make a difference."

Christopher S. Elmendorf is a Professor of Law at UC Davis School of Law whose teaching and research interests include election law, administrative law, statutory interpretation, constitutional law, and property and natural resources law.