What tools can federal government use to coerce state compliance with federal measures?

What claims have been made to support voter identification laws in Texas? Are these claims valid? Support your answer with at least two examples of court cases that addressed this issue? What were the decisions made by the courts in this regard?

Describe the character of federal-state relations today. How much influence does the federal government wield over the states? What tools can it use to coerce state compliance with federal measures?  What means do states have to resist federal initiatives?

What have been some of the major demographic changes in Texas over the years? What have been the different social and political experiences of the three main ethnic groups in Texas?


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