CNN: Texas Voter ID Law Can Go Into Effect, Appeals Court Panel Rules
Texas will be allowed to enforce its voter ID law in the upcoming elections, a federal appeals court has ruled.
In the 2-1 decision, a panel of the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans overturned a lower court ruling that had blocked the law last year after concluding the state acted with intent to discriminate against minorities.
"We are exploring all legal options," Danielle Lang, senior legal counsel for the Campaign Legal Center, which represents plaintiffs, said in a statement. "We will also work with our partners to ensure that voters are well-educated about their options and not deterred from exercising their right to vote by any confusion around the photo ID."
"We must not lose sight of how far we have come in the fight for Texas voters," she said. "Because of our brave clients and this litigation, voters statewide can never be turned away from the polls simply for lacking a certain type of photo ID."