2powers of Congress and conflicts with Article IV of the Constitution and theTenth Amendment.
I. THE PARTIES
3. The plaintiff is the State of Texas.4. The defendant, United States Attorney General Eric Holderacting in his official capacity, has his office in the District of Columbia.
II. JURISDICTION AND VENUE
5. The Court has jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 1331 and venueunder 42 U.S.C. § 1973c.
III. THREE-JUDGE COURT
6. The State of Texas requests the appointment of a three-judgecourt under 42 U.S.C. § 1973b and 28 U.S.C. § 2284.
IV. FACTS AND BACKGROUND
7. On May 27, 2011, the Governor of Texas signed into law SenateBill 14, which requires most voters to present a government-issued photoidentification when appearing to vote at the polls. Voters who suffer from adocumented disability as determined by the United States Social Security Administration or the Department of Veteran Affairs are exempt from thisrequirement.
SB 14 § 1. (Ex. 1). The Texas Election Code also permitsvoters over the age of 65, as well as disabled voters, to vote by mail, and thosewho vote by mail are not required to obtain or present photo identificationwhen voting.
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