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Even Conservative US Court Knows Texas Voter ID Law is ‘Affront to Democracy’

¬†Federal appeals court rules Texas’s voter ID law violates Voting Rights Act

By Andrea Germanos, staff writer for Common Dreams. Published 7-20-2016

Court ruling described as “an enormous victory for voters in Texas.” (Photo: justgrimes/flickr/cc)

A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that Texas’s controversial voter ID law is discriminatory and violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.

ThinkProgress describes it as “a stunning, unexpected decision from one of the most conservative federal appeals courts in the country,” the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Signed into law in 2011, Senate Bill 14 has been called the strictest voter ID law in the nation. As the Texas Tribune explains: “Texas is among nine states categorized as requiring ‘strict photo ID,’ and its list of acceptable forms is the shortest.” Continue reading

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