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City leaders consider joining federal voter ID suit

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Austin city leaders approved a resolution to consider legal options challenging the voter ID law.

Last week, the Department of Justice sued Texas over the law which will be enforced during the upcoming November elections. The city will look at joining the DOJ's lawsuit.

City leaders fear the law could disenfranchise voters especially minorities and those who have recently been married or divorced and may not have up-to-date drivers licenses.

Travis County Clerk Dana Debeauvoir and Registrar Bruce Elfant briefed council. Debeauvoir says while many people think the law is a good idea, she thinks there may be problems at the polls.

"We know a lot of people think it's simple and we think there will be a lot of hiccups that might catch people and we don't want that to happen," Debeauvoir said.

"We don't know who they are, where they are and we have an election in two months and the challenge is to educate the community," Elfant said.

Elfant estimates around 25,000 people in Travis County, maybe even more could be affected by new law. The resolution also provides for education outreach between the city and county. Early voting starts in less than two months.

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