Justice Dept. will be ‘aggressive’ in looking at changes in voting laws

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Responding to concerns about recent changes in state election laws, Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday that “this department of Justice will be aggressive in looking at those jurisdictions that have attempted for whatever reason to restrict the ability of people to get to ... the polls.”

Some states have changed their voting laws to require individuals to show photo identification to vote, a move Democrats claim would disenfranchise low income and minority populations. 

Holder said, “For those who would consider trying to use methods, techniques to discourage people from coming to the polls, that’s inconsistent with what we say we are as a nation.” 

The Department of Justice has authority under the Voting Rights act to review some changes to voting laws.

Democrats requested a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee to investigate if these news laws could make it harder for people to vote.