Smith: DOJ’s Challenge
to Texas Voter ID Law Crumbles in Court
July 30, 2012
scheduled to conclude in the Obama administration’s case challenging
Texas’ voter ID law, which requires voters to show a valid,
government-issued photo ID at the polls. House Judiciary Committee
Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) criticized the Justice Department’s
reliance on biased and flawed data that was produced in part by a
Democratic data firm called Catalist.
Last week, Chairman Smith wrote a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder
asking that he explain why the Department used a partisan firm as part
of their case against Texas. The Justice Department has yet to respond.
Chairman Smith: “After a week of arguments in Texas’ voter ID case, it
is clear that the Justice Department’s case is based on biased and
flawed evidence. The Administration’s case is so weak that it crumbles
under the pressure of facts.
“Rather than use the federal government’s own identification databases,
the Justice Department hired a partisan firm to analyze the Texas law.
Catalist’s client list includes the Democratic Congressional and
Senatorial Campaign Committees, the Democratic Governors Association,
Obama for America, and at least 43 Democratic members of Congress. It’s
no surprise that a firm that works primarily on behalf of Democratic
campaigns and candidates produced results favorable to the Democratic
the data provided by Catalist and others is not only biased, it is
deeply flawed. It lists former President George W. Bush and Senator Kay
Bailey Hutchison as individuals who would be disenfranchised by the
voter ID law. And about a quarter of the people Catalist identified as
African-American did not identify themselves as African-American.
“If the Justice Department were interested in the facts, they would have
used unbiased data firms rather than outsourcing the work to Democratic
Party allies. Instead, DOJ hired a partisan group to give them the
evidence they needed to fight a law they didn't like. They rigged the
game to promote a partisan agenda rather than protect the rights of all
“Voter fraud is a real problem that undermines the integrity of our
elections and threatens the future of our democracy. Efforts by states
to guard against fraud should be encouraged, not demonized by the
“The Justice Department has not made its case to the court or the
American people. I hope that the court will uphold the Texas voter ID
law and the rights of states to ensure the integrity of their