Voter I.D.

2:31 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Could Texas Be "Bailed In" The VRA?

During the recent voting process in Texas polling officials were dealing with the implementation of Voter I.D.  Voters had to provide photo identification before they could cast a ballot. The law was on again and off again after a federal judge in Corpus Christi found that the law was an unconstitutional poll tax and deliberately discriminated against minority voters. The judge threw out voter i.d. for the midterms but it was put back in place on appeal. But that’s not all that was in the ruling.

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Voter ID Law
10:13 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Texas Democrats Stake Claim In Mail-in Ballots As A Way Around Voter ID Laws

 Texas Democrats are taking a page from the Republican playbook, hoping to boost early voting numbers ahead of the November election by targeting voters that benefit from mail-in ballots.   The party and political experts also sees absentee voting as a way-around Texas’ Voter voter ID Lawslaws.

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It's All Politics
7:58 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Justice Ginsburg Revises Texas Voter ID Dissent, Then Announces It

In her revised dissent, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg clarified that photo ID cards issued by the Veterans' Affairs are "an acceptable form of photo identification for voting in Texas."
Cliff Owen AP

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 5:45 pm

Once again the U.S. Supreme Court is correcting its own record, but Wednesday marks the first time that the court has called attention to its own mistake with a public announcement. And it was the erring justice herself, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who asked the court's public information office to announce the error.

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The Two-Way
7:01 am
Sat October 18, 2014

Supreme Court Lets Texas Enforce Voter ID Law For Nov. Election

The Supreme Court early Saturday declined to block a Texas Voter ID law for the November election.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Sat October 18, 2014 1:50 pm

Updated at 2:35 p.m. ET

The Supreme Court has refused to block a Texas voter identification law for the November election after a lower federal court had deemed it restrictive and unconstitutional.

The ruling came just after 5 a.m. on Saturday. Three justices dissented.

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Voter ID Law
8:06 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Appeals Court Brings Back Texas Voter ID Law

Credit David Martin Davies / TPR News

Bringing a temporary halt to the swinging fortunes of the state of Texas’ controversial voter ID law, a three-judge panel at the U.S. 5th Circuit Court on Tuesday decided to reinstate it for the moment, staying an injunction on the law last week by a district court judge.

Ruling that the change in state election law happened just three weeks from the November election, the panel said it was too late to make changes before this election cycle. 

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The Source - October 14, 2014
8:41 am
Tue October 14, 2014

The Source: Voter ID Out, But Not Settled

Credit Chris Eudaily / TPR News

Laws in Texas and Wisconsin that required a photo I.D. to vote were discarded last week. In Wisconsin, the law was blocked by the U.S. Supreme Court. In Texas, a federal court judge in Corpus Christi threw the law out. 

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3:53 am
Fri October 10, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Court Halts Wis. Voter ID Law; Texas Law Overturned

Originally published on Fri October 10, 2014 7:05 am

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The Two-Way
10:55 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Supreme Court Halts Wisconsin Voter ID Law; Texas Law Overturned

Originally published on Fri October 10, 2014 4:14 pm

Updated at 7:03 a.m. ET Friday:

After an appeals court put Wisconsin's voter ID law back into effect, the Supreme Court voted to put the law on hold while the justices decide whether to take the case.

Marge Pitrof of Milwaukee's WUWM reports:

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Voting Rights
10:23 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Trial Begins In Lawsuit Challenging Texas Voter ID Law

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A federal judge in Corpus Christi began hearing arguments this week in a case challenging the state of Texas’ 2011 voter ID law.

The federal case is the first of its kind in the nation, which is one of the reasons University of Texas at Austin law professor Joseph Fishkin said that it’s being followed closely by other state governments.

"I do think it’s a case that a lot of people outside of Texas are watching because it will be the first real test of the question of whether section 2 of the Voting Rights Act calls voter ID laws into any sort of question,” Fishkin said.

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The Source - September 2, 2014
11:39 am
Tue September 2, 2014

The Source: Voter ID Law Back In Court

Credit Chris Eudaily / TPR News

This morning Texas' voter ID law had opening arguments in the U.S. district court in Corpus Christi.

Texas is among 30 states that passed voter ID laws, and it is one of the strictest in the country according to the National Council of State Legislatures.  

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