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Tue Aug 28, 2012, 06:34 PM

Federal court blocks Texas voter ID law

CNBC 8/28/12

Federal court blocks Texas voter ID law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal court ruled on Tuesday that a controversial Texas voter identification law discriminates against black and Hispanic voters, effectively killing the law before it could take effect for the November 6 presidential election.

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued the ruling. The state law, passed by the Republican-dominated Texas Legislature in 2011, required voters to present one of six forms of photo identification before casting ballots.




Way to go Obama DOJ!

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Reply Federal court blocks Texas voter ID law (Original post)
sonias Aug 2012 OP
BlueToTheBone Aug 2012 #1
hobbit709 Aug 2012 #2
Melissa G Aug 2012 #4
kjackson227 Aug 2012 #3
efhmc Aug 2012 #5
sonias Aug 2012 #10
Gothmog Aug 2012 #6
sonias Aug 2012 #7
TexasTowelie Aug 2012 #8
sonias Aug 2012 #9
sonias Aug 2012 #11
sonias Aug 2012 #12
TexasTowelie Aug 2012 #13

Response to sonias (Original post)

Tue Aug 28, 2012, 06:49 PM

1. Let's it hope it spread like a virus! n/t

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Response to sonias (Original post)

Wed Aug 29, 2012, 01:17 PM

2. The wording in the decision made it pretty plain as to the intent behind this stupid law.

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Response to hobbit709 (Reply #2)

Wed Aug 29, 2012, 10:52 PM

4. They did not even need to review all the evidence;

the crime was so obvious. Abbott want to waste even more money taking an appeal to SCOTUS. What a waste!

Hi, Hobbit

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Response to sonias (Original post)

Wed Aug 29, 2012, 01:45 PM

3. Best news I've read today...

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Response to sonias (Original post)

Wed Aug 29, 2012, 11:57 PM

5. Do you think they will be able to get a reversal before Nov.?

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Response to efhmc (Reply #5)

Thu Aug 30, 2012, 01:02 PM

10. No

They'll have to go to court to challenge the ruling and with the time requirements needed to educate voters etc, this would not be ready for this election.

I am sure they will be headed to the Supreme Court with this but I don't think they have the time to get it reversed and implemented by November.

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Response to sonias (Original post)

Thu Aug 30, 2012, 06:55 AM

6. No decision on Voter ID law yet

Some of the news reports are getting the ruling on redistricting confused with voter ID. There has not been a ruling on the Texas voter id law yet. Here are some tweets from the guy who does the Texas Redistricting website.

Joe Cullar ‏@joecullar

@mcpli @scottbraddock Any idea why Reuters is reporting voter ID law blocked? Link: http://reut.rs/RkSyaW

4:53 PM - 28 Aug 12 · Details
28 Aug Michael Li Michael Li ‏@mcpli

.@joecullar @scottbraddock - They got redistricting and voter ID mixed up.
As a practical matter, if there is a not a ruling by Friday on the Texas voter id law, the State has admitted that it will not have time to implement SB14 for the November elections

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Response to Gothmog (Reply #6)

Thu Aug 30, 2012, 12:54 PM

7. It is out

You are right that the first story apparently got the redistricting court decision and voter ID confused, but somehow they got it right on the call.

The court today has rejected photo ID for Texas.

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Response to sonias (Reply #7)

Thu Aug 30, 2012, 12:57 PM

8. I just posted the story about the voter ID law being rejected.

Wonderful news!

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Response to sonias (Original post)

Thu Aug 30, 2012, 12:59 PM

9. Federal court rejects Texas voter ID law as unfair to Hispanics, African-Americans

Washington Post August 30, 20/12
Federal court rejects Texas voter ID law as unfair to Hispanics, African-Americans


WASHINGTON — A federal court has ruled against a Texas law that would require voters to present photo IDs to election officials before being allowed to cast ballots in November.

A three-judge panel in Washington ruled Thursday that the law imposes “strict, unforgiving burdens on the poor” and noted that racial minorities in Texas are more likely to live in poverty.


The ruling comes in the same week that South Carolina’s strict photo ID law is on trial in front of another three-judge panel in the same federal courthouse. A court ruling in the South Carolina case is expected in time for the November election.


Again congratulations to the Obama DOJ for doing such a wonderful job protecting voter's rights!

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Response to sonias (Original post)

Thu Aug 30, 2012, 02:27 PM

11. D.C. Court Rejects Texas' Voter ID Law

Texas Tribune 8/30/12

D.C. Court Rejects Texas' Voter ID Law

Texas’ controversial voter ID bill was struck down again, this time by a three-judge panel in Washington D.C. that determined the bill would disenfranchise certain segments of the voting-age population.

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Opponents argue that the bill would adversely affect voters who don’t have easy access to an ID, something the court agreed with in its ruling. Under Section 5 of the federal Voting Rights Act, the federal government must approve laws passed in states with a history of racial discrimination.

“We find that Texas has failed to make this showing—in fact, record evidence demonstrates that, if implemented, SB 14 will likely have a retrogressive effect,” the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia judges wrote in their opinion. “Given this, we have no need to consider whether Texas has satisfied section 5’s purpose element. Accordingly we deny the state’s request for a declaratory judgment.”

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said the state will appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court.


Texas you fail! Once again the Texas republicans get slapped for over reaching on their voter suppression legislation.

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Response to sonias (Original post)

Thu Aug 30, 2012, 11:54 PM

12. Yo, Texas: Don't mess with Democracy

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Response to sonias (Reply #12)

Fri Aug 31, 2012, 12:34 AM

13. +1,000,000

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