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Latest Version of Texas Voter ID Law at US Appeals Court

Posted/updated on: December 5, 2017 at 11:57 am
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Texas officials hoped to persuade federal appeals judges in New Orleans on Tuesday that the state’s latest voter ID law should be allowed to take effect. A hearing at the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals centers on a law re-worked in May by the Texas Legislature after years of court battles. The new version allows those without an acceptable photo ID to vote by signing an affidavit stating they cannot reasonably obtain one. The same federal judge who blocked the tougher 2011 version of the law blocked the re-worked version in August. U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos said the law still requires IDs more likely to be possessed by white voters than Latinos or African-Americans. The new law clarified that both U.S. passport books and cards would be accepted.


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