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HOUSTON, TX. (CNN) - Attorney General Eric Holder is raising a red flag on a proposed Texas voter identification law.  The measure would require voters show a government-issued photo I-D before heading to the polls.  During an address to the N-double-A-C-P convention in Houston, Holder explained the Justice Department believes the measure would be harmful to minority voters.

"According to some recent studies, nationally, only eight percent of white voting aged citizens, while 25 percent of African American voting aged citizens lack a government issued photo I.D. In our efforts to protect voting rights and to prevent voting fraud, we will be vigilant and we will be strong. But, let me be clear. Let me be very clear. We will not allow political pretext to disenfranchise American Citizens of their most precious right (Applause)."

The Justice Department blocked Texas' proposed I-D law in March.  
The state is fighting that action in a hearing taking place in Washington.  
Supporters of the Texas law say it is needed to help prevent fraudulent voting.  
Texas is required under the 1965 Voting Rights Act to secure federal approval of changes in its voting procedures.