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TEXAS' new voter identification law was rejected Monday, March 12, by the Justice Department's civil rights division. The Justice Department objected to a new photo ID requirement for voters in Texas because many Hispanic voters lack state-issued identification, said the Yahoo News.

Texas is the second state in recent months involved in a court battle with the Justice Department over new photo ID requirements for voters. In December, the Justice Department rejected South Carolina's voter ID law on grounds it makes it harder for minorities to cast ballots.

Photo ID laws have become a point of contention in the 2012 elections. Liberal groups have said the requirements are the product of Republican-controlled state governments and are aimed at disenfranchising people who tend to vote Democratic, including minorities like African-Americans, Hispanics, people of low-income and college students.

Proponents of such legislation say the measures are aimed at combating voter fraud. But advocacy groups for minorities and the poor dispute that and argue there is no evidence of significant voter fraud.

Texas was among eight states that passed such voter ID laws last year, such as Alabama, Wisconsin, and Virginia.

As a result of the Justice Department's opposition, the voter ID law will not be in effect during the May 29 primary election, according to a statement from Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade