Appeals court reinstates strict Texas voter-ID law
WASHINGTON TIMES – Stephen Dinan
“A federal appeals court revived Texas’s voter ID law Tuesday, saying the state’s updated version does enough to protect the right to vote for everyone in the state.
The 2-1 decision rejects the findings of a lower court, which had said blacks and Hispanics would disproportionately suffer by struggling to show ID when voting.
In backing Texas, the court said the state accommodated voters by allowing those without an ID to cast a ballot as long as they swear under penalty of perjury that they are legal voters.
That, the court said, would solve the problems for each of 27 different voters who had said they lacked ID.
The judges said that with elections looming, it made sense to stick with the existing law rather than change things up.”