Texas’ Voter ID Law Officially Blocked By Federal Court

A three-judge panel in Washington ruled Thursday that the law imposes barriers for low-income and voters of color.

By Jamilah King Aug 30, 2012

A federal court has ruled against a law in Texas that would require voters in that state to present photo identification before being allowed to cast a ballot in November. According to [CBS News](http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57503516/texas-voter-id-law-struck-down-in-federal-court/): > 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. Our Voting Rights investigative reporter Brentin Mock said the following: > > Texas brazenly defied the U.S. Department of Justice’s request for information proving that their photo voter ID law didn’t discriminate against voters of color. If that wasn’t enough, they consistently defiled the Voting Rights Act and are destined to take their case to the U.S. Supreme Court in hopes they can officially gut the Voting Rights Act once and for all. But the Voting Rights Act, one of the most important civil rights laws in our nation, was built precisely so that states could not recklessly develop election laws that would disregard the rights of its black, Latino and Asian citizens. Voter intimidation groups like True the Vote worked aggressively to have a strict photo voter ID law passed in Texas and I hope they are taking note of the judge’s opinion for why he denied the law. I also hope states like Pennsylvania, that aren’t subject to the Voting Rights Act Section 5 but have passed strict voter ID laws, will take note and understand how these laws are impacting the democratic rights of the citizens they are supposed to be protecting. > Read part of the opinion after the jump.