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Dallas County joins lawsuit over Texas voter ID law

Dallas County commissioners voted Tuesday to join a lawsuit against Gov. Rick Perry over the state's controversial voter ID law.

The commissioners approved the move in a 3-2 vote. Democratic members Clay Jenkins, John Wiley Price and Theresa Daniel voted for joining the lawsuit. Democratic member Elba Garcia and Republic Mike Cantrell voted against joining the suit.

Garcia voiced concerns about the cost and Cantrell said the county shouldn't get involved in the fight.

Commissioners heard public comment on voter ID and also discussed the topic behind closed doors in executive session.

The law in question has been a flashpoint since it was passed. The Justice Department sued Texas in 2011 saying it discriminated against minority voters. The ID law wasn't enforced due to conflicts with the U.S. Voting Rights Act, but when the Supreme Court struck down parts of the act earlier this year, the state reinstated the law.

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