Voter I.D.

Chris Eudaily / TPR News

Updated 4 p.m.

Early voting for Texas’s March 6 primary starts Tuesday.

The midterm elections are often the overlooked middle child of any election cycle. But while they don’t get as much press as races during Presidential election years, the stakes are high.

Thirty six states, including Texas, are voting for governor in 2018. Midterms are especially significant for the U.S. and Texas House of Representatives, since their terms are just two years long.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. The winners won’t be decided until November. Tuesday, is the first day of early voting for Texas’ midterm primary election.


From Texas Standard.

Conflict over Texas’ voter ID law was in the courts for most of last year, and 2018 will probably be no different. The state’s restrictive voter ID law, passed in 2011, has been found by courts to have been crafted with discriminatory intent. Now it’s up to a three-judge panel to decide, among other things, whether Texas’ new law, designed to fix problems with the old law, goes far enough. 

Federal Judge Tosses Out Texas Voter ID Law

Aug 23, 2017

A federal judge in Texas has again thrown out the state's controversial voter ID law, which required voters to show one of several approved forms of photo ID to cast a ballot.

From Texas Standard:

The 2011 Texas voter ID law was one of the strictest such laws in the nation. It required Texans to show one of seven approved forms of photo identification to vote.

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