A federal judge has tossed out a new law softening Texas’ strict voter identification requirements. Texas’ attorney general says he will appeal the ruling.
“Despite the fact I am a U.S. citizen, I want you to know that I have not been able to vote in any election since Texas passed its voter ID law in 2013.”
Texas’ new voter identification law fully absolves the state from discriminating against minority voters, the Department of Justice argues in a legal filing.
Many observers point to Texas’ growing Hispanic population, which tends to lean Democratic, as an indication that the political tides will soon shift.
In the just-ended legislative session, lawmakers mowed through a list of divisive issues that could have lasting effects on how others see our state.
Texas lawmakers intentionally diluted the political clout of minority voters in drawing the State’s House districts, a panel of federal judges ruled Thursday.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated throughout.
Voters in Bexar County will be the first to cast their ballots under relaxed regulations after a federal appeals court ruled that Texas’ strict voter identification law discriminated against minority voters.
At first glance, Wednesday’s federal appeals court ruling on Texas’ voter ID law may seem straightforward: Senate Bill 14 discriminates against minority voters and violates the U.S. Voting Rights Act, the court ruled.