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Federal Court rules Texas photo I.D. law unconstitutional


The federal court in Corpus Christi ruled in favor of the plaintiffs challenging the Texas voter photo ID law.

Federal District Judge Nelva Gonzalez Ramos ruled that Texas GOP leaders adopted the restrictive voting law with the intent to discriminate against Texas minority citizens.

The court said that Senate Bill 14 was unconstitutional by infringing on the right to vote and had a “impermissible discriminatory effect against Hispanics and African-Americans” in Texas. The ruling also that “the Court further holds that SB 14 constitutes an unconstitutional poll tax.”

SB 14 required voters to a bring government-issued picture ID  The acceptable forms of identification included driver’s license, U.S. passport, a concealed-handgun license or an election-identification certificate issued by the Department of Public Safety.

It is unknown if Attorney General Greg Abbot will appeal.

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