A Texas law previously struck down requiring voters to show authorized identification before casting ballots will be re-examined, the U.S. Court for Appeals for the Fifth Circuit said on Wednesday.
The court, which said its full bench of judges will participate, did not set a date or elaborate on why it will hold the review of the law a three-judge panel from the court said in an August 2015 decision violated the U.S. Voting Rights Act through its “discriminatory effects.”
The measure was signed into law in 2011 by then Texas Governor Rick Perry, a Republican, and has been in effect since even as the legal challenges have wound their way through the courts.
Plaintiffs have argued the law hits elderly and poorer voters, including minorities, hardest because they are less likely to have such identification. They contend the measure is used by Republicans as a way suppressing voters who typically align with Democrats.
The measure, which supporters say will prevent voter fraud, requires voters to present a photo identification such as a driver’s license, passport or military ID card.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Republican welcomed the court’s decision.
This is one of the more infuriating lies that Democrats are allowed to tell without much pushback from the press or most Republican officials. It is almost impossible to function in 2016 America without some form of legal identification. When people don’t have any, there is generally a legal reason why, not an economic one. If Democrats are so concerned about the elderly, poor and minorities who don’t have ID, why haven’t they concocted one of their taxpayer-funded schemes to create a program to help those in need get identification so they can function as normal members of society?
Simple: because it’s not really difficult to get.
If possible, liberals want even fewer restrictions on voting than they do abortion. We’re lucky that people are still required to vote where they’re registered and can’t just wander from precinct to precinct on election days.
In most places, anyway.