Thursday, August 18, 2016

Texas wants U.S. Supreme Court to rule on state's controversial voter-ID law

Texas leaders want the U.S. Supreme Court to decide the fate of the state's controversial voter-ID law, Jordan Rudner reports for The Dallas Morning News. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's office announced on Tuesday it is filing an appeal with the high court to keep the law in place. Last month the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the 2011 law—which stipulates the types of photo identification election officials can and cannot accept at the polls—does not comply with the Voting Rights Act. Last week a federal judge ruled that Texans will not be required to present an ID in order to vote in the November general election.

"Paxton, Gov. Greg Abbott and other Texas Republicans have been a staunch supporters of the voter ID law, which they argue is a necessary protection against voter fraud," Rudner notes. "Opponents say it's a solution in search of a problem and point to studies that show voter fraud is, statistically, a non-issue. Instead, they argue, the law serves to disenfranchise minority voters, who are less likely to possess the forms of ID that the law requires." (Read more)

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