Federal Court Allows Controversial Texas Voter ID Law To Remain In Effect

Apr 29, 2018

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A federal appeals court has ruled that the controversial Texas Voter ID law will be in effect for November's elections.

Last year a lower-court had ruled that the law was discriminatory, as it required voters to bring an ID to the polls in order to cast their ballots.

Poor and minority voters often do not have access to IDs, so critics saw the law as an effort by Republicans to disenfranchise voters who tend to vote Democrat.

As CNN reports, late last week, in a two-to-one decision, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans disagreed with those critics and ruled that the Voter ID law could remain in effect.

Supporters cheered the decision, as they believe that requiring voters to show ID will prevent voter fraud. The plaintiffs indicated that they plan to appeal the ruling.