Elections

Appeals Court Reinstates Texas Voter ID Law

This will allows state to enforce the law for the 2014 election.

Updated at 4:30 p.m.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal appeals court has reinstated a Texas voter ID law that the U.S. Justice Department describes as the state’s latest tool to suppress minorities in elections.

Tuesday’s ruling from the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals is at least a temporary victory for Republican-backed photo ID measures that have swept across the U.S. A lower court judge ruled last week that the law was unconstitutional.

The appeals court didn’t rule on the merits of the law, which remains under appeal. But the court says it’s too late to change the rules before the start of early voting Oct. 20. The timing confirms that an estimated 13.6 million registered Texas voters will need one of seven forms of photo identification to cast a ballot for the Nov. 4 elections.

 

Lauren Bean, Deputy Communications Director of the Texas Attorney General’s office, released the following statement:

“We are pleased that the appeals court has unanimously agreed that Texas’ voter ID law should remain in effect for the upcoming election, which is the right choice in order to avoid voter confusion. The State will continue to defend the voter ID law and remains confident that the district court’s misguided ruling will be overturned on the merits. The U.S. Supreme Court has already ruled that voter ID laws are a legal and sensible way to protect the integrity of elections.”

 

Updated at 4:20 p.m.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Court reinstates Texas voter ID requirement, allowing state to enforce law this election.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press).

 

United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit opinion

 



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