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The Wall Street Journal: Justice Department softens its challenge to Texas voter ID law

The Justice Department is dropping part of its opposition to a Texas law requiring voters to show specific forms of photo identification at the polls, a sharp break from the Obama administration’s broad challenge to the law.

In a motion filed Monday, the Justice Department is seeking to dismiss its previous argument that the state had intended to discriminate against minorities in enacting the law, citing possible amendments under consideration by the Texas Legislature.

The agency didn’t dispute its previous claim that the voter ID law had a discriminatory effect on minority voters, which an appeals court upheld and the Supreme Court declined to take up.

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