Texas Photo ID Law Struck Down

A U.S. court ruled against a Texas law requiring photo ID to vote.  Texas, with it’s history of discriminatory voting laws against minorities is required under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to pre-clear any major changes in voting procedures.

The law that would have required Texans to present a photo ID at the polls before being allowed to vote.  the court ruled the new law would disenfranchise African American and Latino voters. The court further stated that the ruling was not a ruling against jurisdictions from implementing photo ID laws but that Texas failed to demonstrate that its particular voter ID law lacks retrogressive effect.