Voter ID laws, in Texas and elsewhere, face continued legal wrangling
A federal court struck down a Texas voter ID law Tuesday, in a major blow to Republican legislatures and governors around the country that are pursuing such legislation. Voting rights groups, however, were pleased, having accused the law’s supporters of working to limit the influence of black and Latino voters.
The Texas voter ID law would have prevented as many as 1.5 million people from participating in the November election, said Penda Hair, co-founder of The Advancement Project.
Texas will appeal the ruling and take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court, the state’s Attorney General Greg Abbott said.
“The Supreme Court of the United States has already upheld Voter ID laws as a constitutional method of ensuring integrity at the ballot box,” said Abbott in a statement. “Today’s decision is wrong … We are confident we will prevail.”
For Texas, the ruling marks the second time in a week that a federal court has admonished the state legislature. On Tuesday, a federal court ruled that a congressional district plan drawn by the legislature was specifically crafted to discriminate against Hispanic voters by limiting their influence. But the Texas voter ID case and the legal questions that it raised are far from unique.
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