Voter I.D.

Supreme Court Rejects Texas Voter ID Appeal — For Now

Jan 23, 2017
Tamir Kalifa / For The Texas Tribune

*Editor's note: This story has been updated throughout.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up Texas’ effort salvage its strict voter identification law, handing at least a temporary victory to civil rights advocates who have successfully argued that the law discriminates against minorities.

But Chief Justice John Roberts said Texas could later try another appeal — after a lower court rules whether the state lawmakers discriminated on purpose when they passed the law in 2011.

The state’s top election official says he’s doing all he can to make sure counties are following a court order regarding the state’s voter ID law.

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

Early voting begins in the state today, Oct. 24, and runs through Nov. 4. Any registered voter may vote early in person. Or, to vote early by mail, you must complete an application that must be received by Oct. 28. Then you must submit your ballot by 7 p.m. on Nov. 8.

Texas Appeals Voter ID Rulings to U.S. Supreme Court

Sep 23, 2016
Cheryl Gerber / For The Texas Tribune

Editor's note: This story has been updated throughout.

Texas wants to take its voter identification battle to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Friday asked the justices to hear his arguments about why the state’s photo ID requirements for voting do not discriminate against Hispanics and African-American voters.

Judge Orders Texas to Rewrite Voter ID Education Materials

Sep 21, 2016
Cheryl Gerber / For The Texas Tribune

A federal judge has ordered Texas to issue new voter education materials, siding with those who accused state officials of misleading voters about identification requirements for the November elections.

U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos on Tuesday ordered changes to certain press releases, posters placed at polling locations and materials on state websites related to voting in the Nov. 8 elections.