HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Topics » Politics & Government » Election Reform (Group) » U.S. judge approves deal ...

Wed Aug 10, 2016, 03:48 PM

U.S. judge approves deal to weaken Texas voter ID law; Wisconsin suspended

Source: Reuters

World | Wed Aug 10, 2016 3:19pm EDT

U.S. judge approves deal to weaken Texas voter ID law; Wisconsin suspended

AUSTIN, TEXAS | BY JON HERSKOVITZ

A U.S. judge on Wednesday approved a deal reached between Texas and civil rights groups to remedy a voter identification law that was found to be discriminatory and in violation of the U.S. Voting Rights Act by an appeals court last month, lawyers in the case said.

Courts in recent weeks have blocked voter ID laws passed by several Republican-led states after civil rights groups argued the measures were discriminatory and prevented poor and minority voters - who typically support Democrats - from casting ballots because they could not obtain authorized ID cards.

[font size=1]-snip-[/font]

Texas was ordered by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in July to work out a fix ahead of the November general election to the law that required voters to show government-issued IDs such as a driver's license, passport or concealed handgun license before casting a ballot.

An agreement reached between the state and plaintiffs earlier this month was approved by a U.S. district judge, lawyers for plaintiffs said.

[font size=1]-snip-[/font]


Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-court-voters-idUSKCN10L263

0 replies, 879 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Reply to this thread