Unfortunately, though not unexpected, President Obama and Attorney General Holder have, yet again, set aside ballot box integrity and the prevention of fraud for perceived short-term political gain.

It is truly disheartening and should rightfully scare every American, regardless of their political affiliation, that President Obama’s Justice Department, overseen by Attorney General Holder, has rejected Texas’ common sense voter identification law – an action devoid of common sense.

In their defense, the Justice Department’s civil-rights division contends that Texas’ common sense voter identification law was rejected because it would somehow hinder Hispanics from voting, as some lack state-issued identification.

Moreover, liberal organizations contend that common sense voter identification laws, passed mostly by Republican-controlled state governments, are meant to disenfranchise people who tend to vote Democratic: African-Americans, Hispanics, the poor, and college students.

Nothing could be further from the truth, however. On one hand, Texas state-issued identification is very cheap; Texas driver license renewal is only $25 and state-ID renewal is only $16. Therefore, there is no reason to not have a state-issued identification; the vast majority of Texans, of all races and creeds, can afford at least one or the other.

All in all, liberal organizations and President Obama should put their money where their mouth is. If they truly care about everyone being able to vote, then surely they would be more than willing to pay everyone’s miniscule driver license and/or state-ID fee. That’s doubtful, however, as liberal organizations and President Obama love to complain, but never offer any real solution.

On the other hand, As the U.S. Supreme Court held by a 6-3 vote in the 2008 case of Crawford v. Marion County Election Board, ballot box integrity and the prevention of fraud are a vital state interest and, therefore, common sense voter identification laws are constitutional.

Therefore, as the Supreme Court has spoken and held that common sense voter identification laws are constitutional, the Justice Department has no right to continue to harass states when they pass laws to protect ballot box integrity and stop fraud.

It is truly disheartening, however, that Attorney General Holder hasn’t wised up to this fact. Holder truly has no respect for established case law and the separation of powers. Moreover, Holder is arguably the most ignorant and laughable individual to ever hold the once respectable office of Attorney General. He is a puppet of Obama’s re-election campaign; he doesn’t care for the rule of law and the prevention of fraud at the ballot box.

In the end, the future of Texas’ common sense voter identification law will be decided in federal court. Hopefully, the court will see through President Obama and Holder’s nonsense and rely on current case law; therefore, upholding Texas’ common sense voter identification law.

Still don’t believe that voter identification laws are necessary? If that is the case, please watch the video below and become enlightened.

Ryan Heffner | Eckerd College | @RRHeffner