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Houston Judge Again Rules Texas Voter ID Law is Discriminatory

HeadlineApr 11, 2017

A Houston district court judge has ruled that Texas’s 2011 voter ID law was written with the specific intent to suppress the votes of African-American and Latino residents. This is now the fifth time a judge has ruled that Texas’s voter ID law is discriminatory. The law created a list of IDs required to vote that skewed heavily toward IDs carried by whites, such as concealed-carry permits, while excluding IDs often carried by people of color, such as government employee IDs and public university IDs. The ruling comes after the Justice Department dropped part of its legal objection to Texas’ strict voter ID law in February, saying it would no longer argue the law had a discriminatory intent.

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