Alberto Gonzales: Texas Voter ID Law Too Restrictive

Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who generally supports voter ID laws, wrote in an editorial Thursday that a voter ID law passed in Texas was too restrictive. A panel of federal judges ruled last week that the law would impose “strict, unforgiving burdens on the poor.” 

Gonzales writes that Texas “could have chosen to allow other forms of identification, or even provided relief to alleviate the financial burden and inconvenience to Texas’ poorest citizens (many or whom are black or Hispanic) of obtaining a photo ID.”

Still, Gonzales said he hopes Texas “will successfully implement a voter ID law that protects – to the greatest degree possible – the sanctity of everyone’s vote, while securing the voting rights of its most disadvantaged citizens.”