July 22, 2016
In what’s been considered a violation of the Voter’s Rights Act of 1965, Texas’ voter identification law has been officially ruled as discriminatory by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.
The law designated that voters without a government-issued photo ID would need proof of residency to vote, which disadvantaged many of the state’s minority voters. The 9-6 opinion means the district court must decide whether or not Texas intentionally enforced a discriminatory law.
Additionally, the Appeals Court is leaving the solution up to the state legislature to rectify the law.
Texas hasn’t decided whether it will challenge the Appeals Court ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court, although it appears unlikely that the eight-member court, given its makeup since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, would reverse the ruling.
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