Court Rejects Texas Voter ID Law

A federal court in Washington D.C. has rejected a new Texas law requiring voters to show photographic identification. 

According to the Associated Press, a three-judge panel found that the law imposes “strict, unforgiving burdens on the poor.”

The law, signed by Republican Gov. Rick Perry in the spring of 2011, would have required voters casting a ballot at a polling place to show either a driver’s licence, an election identification certificate, a Department of Public Safety personal ID card, a military ID, a citizenship certificate, a passport or a concealed carry permit.

Here’s a link to the decision, via Rick Hasen’s Election Law Blog. 

Additional reporting by Ryan J. Reilly


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