Federal Court Shoots Down Texas Voter ID Law
Says it puts 'strict unforgiving burdens on the poor'
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Aug 30, 2012 1:05 PM CDT
Voters cast their ballots at a polling station in East Austin, Texas, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010.   (AP Photo/LM Otero)

(Newser) – Three federal judges unanimously rejected Texas' voter ID law today, saying that it imposes "strict, unforgiving burdens on the poor." Since racial minorities are more likely to be poor, the judges ruled that the law violated the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The judges, who were appointed by George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Bill Clinton, called the law "the most stringent in the nation," worse, for example, than an Indiana version held up by the Supreme Court, the AP reports.

The Justice Department had called a variety of Democratic lawmakers to testify, with each saying they detected a racial motive in the law. Texas countered that there was little evidence that such laws decrease turnout, and that the public demand for such a law was strong. The Texas case is one of several voter ID disputes raging around the country; South Carolina's version is on trial this week.

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HANKHILL
Aug 31, 2012 10:56 AM CDT
"shoots down voter?" here you go again playing up guns when there are none involved. THINK ABOUT IT!!!!!!!!!!!!
$28919642
Aug 31, 2012 7:37 AM CDT
Excellent, and about time. With luck, our local ID law will go, and soon!
Tology
Aug 31, 2012 4:08 AM CDT
At least there is a voice of reason in Texas somewhere that is not controlled by rich bigoted Republicans.