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Texas’ Long And Winding Road To Disenfranchising Voters

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April 30, 2018 2:40 pm

In April 2013, I traveled to San Antonio to meet Nicole and Victoria Rodriguez. Twin sisters and college students, they had come close to being disenfranchised in the previous year’s election by Texas’s strict voter ID law. The law, a version of which was upheld by a federal appeals court Friday, had originally been passed in 2011 amid a climate of alarm about the state’s soaring Hispanic population and its potential to upend the dominance of white Republicans.

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