Thursday, August 30, 2012

Federal Court rejects Texas Voter ID law


A federal court has ruled against a Texas law that would 
require voters to present photo IDs to election officials 
before being allowed to cast ballots in November.

A three-judge panel in Washington ruled Thursday that 
the law imposes "strict, unforgiving burdens on the 
poor" and noted that racial minorities in Texas are more 
likely to live in poverty.

The decision involves an increasingly contentious 
political issue: a push, largely by Republican-controlled 
legislatures and governor's offices, to impose strict 
identification requirements on voters.

The ruling comes in the same week that South 
Carolina's strict photo ID law is on trial in front of 
another three-judge panel in the same federal 
courthouse. A court ruling in the South Carolina case is 
expected in time for the November election.

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