Voter I.D.

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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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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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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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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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