The fight over voter ID laws in Texas has been going on for quite a while now, but it looks like the state’s latest version of voter ID will be in effect when citizens head to the polls in November.
ICYMI, important news out of Texas. https://t.co/ihmCDRthFI
— Gabriel Malor (@gabrielmalor) September 6, 2017
— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) September 6, 2017
BREAKING: 5th Cir panel splits, 2-1, allowing Texas revised voter ID law to take effect https://t.co/idZo8RN0wE
— Josh Gerstein (@joshgerstein) September 6, 2017
Politico’s Josh Gerstein reported Tuesday night that a panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals voted 2-1 to allow Texas to use an interim remedy this fall until Senate Bill 5 takes effect in 2018. Voters without a qualifying photo ID will be allowed to cast a ballot if they present an alternative form of ID and declare, under penalty of perjury, that they face a reasonable impediment to obtaining qualifying photo ID.
U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos tossed SB 5 in August, which, according to the Texas Tribune’s Cassandra Pollock, “in some ways softened the previous requirements that Texans present one of seven forms of photo ID at the polls in order to cast a ballot.” Ramos had said SB 5 failed to fix the intentional discrimination against minority voters found in a 2011 ID law.
This Democrat running for Congress, a former senior adviser to Hillary Clinton, wasn’t happy about the ruling.
Disappointed in this decision allowing discriminatory SB5 Voter ID law to take effect. We should be making it easier to vote, not harder. https://t.co/b7dN7FpdQx
— Ed Meier (@EdforTX) September 6, 2017
We’re good with it, though. Exactly how easy should it be to vote … and how much easier could it be, really?
This is good news. https://t.co/1xHo7xcoe7
— Egon Alter (@AlterEgon75) September 6, 2017
Huge success! Everyone should have 2 prove who they r before they vote. Don't want illegals making legal decisions on my behalf. Make my own https://t.co/pwy5xFGnsc
— limitedtomato (@catcheyjo) September 6, 2017
— Give Me Liberty (@First_SeekTruth) September 6, 2017
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Racists! Rasmussen survey finds 70 percent of likely voters favor voter ID laws https://t.co/6bv7guVBr4
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) August 10, 2017