The proposed bill would require four states — Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas —to get approval from the Justice Department before making any changes in the way they hold elections. In an effort to secure Republican votes, it provides an exception for states that want to adopt photo identification requirements.
Offering a potential compromise, former United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young, once a top aide to Martin Luther King Jr., suggested during his own remarks at the LBJ Library this week that Obama use his executive power to require optional photos on Social Security cards as a remedy for states that impose voter ID laws.
Meanwhile, the administration is stepping up its offensive. Attorney General Eric Holder has challenged the North Carolina election law as well as one in Texas.
Vice President Joe Biden added his weight to the issue this week with a video for the Democratic National Committee denouncing the voter restrictions.
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