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Federal court rejects Texas voter ID law

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal court has ruled against a Texas law that would require voters to present photo IDs to election officials before being allowed to cast ballots in November.

A three-judge panel in Washington ruled Thursday that the law imposes “strict, unforgiving burdens on the poor” and noted that racial minorities in Texas are more likely to live in poverty.

The decision involves an increasingly contentious political issue: a push, largely by Republican-controlled legislatures and governor’s offices, to impose strict identification requirements on voters.

The ruling comes in the same week that South Carolina’s strict photo ID law is on trial in front of another three-judge panel in the same federal courthouse. A court ruling in the South Carolina case is expected in time for the November election.

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1 Response to “Federal court rejects Texas voter ID law”


  1. September 3, 2012 at 4:31 am

    I agree with the Texas claim, in a separate case, that it’s unfair to single out certain states because of something that’s now 2 generations or more ago. It’s constitutional and it’s understandable, but it’s unfair. If the provisions of the VRA are broadly unobjectionable, and I think they are, they should cover the whole country.


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