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Texas To Ask Supreme Court To Rule On Voter ID Law

Author: Jack Fink

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) The nation’s highest court may soon decide the fate of the controversial voter ID law here in Texas. State Attorney General Ken Paxton will ask them to take up the case.

Paxton will make the request to find out once and for all whether the state’s voter id laws are legal.

Republican State Senator Don Huffines of Dallas applauds Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s decision to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review the state’s voter ID law.

“I think it’s a great decision.” says Senator Don Huffines.

Huffines says he’s confident the nation’s highest court will overturn lower court rulings that the 2011 law is discriminatory against minorities.

“We’ve had voter ID in Texas for several years now, and we’ve conducted several major statewide elections under the law, and we have no history of anyone being disenfranchised.”

Democratic State Representative Roberto Alonzo of Dallas says he’s confident the Supreme Court will uphold lower court rulings.

“It’s playing politics.” says Representative Roberto Alonzo.

But regardless of what the Supreme Court decides, it won’t impact this November’s election.

Instead, the state of Texas has agreed to allow voters who don’t have one of the seven permissible forms of ID, to sign an affidavit, claiming they’re U.S. citizens, and providing other proof of their address.

Senator Huffines says he supports the deal Texas worked out for this election.

Alonzo comments, “We need to allow minorities to participate and let them vote for whoever they want and whatever they want and whatever gets decided, gets elected.  Overwhelmingly at this point, Texas is Republican, so what’s the fear?  There shouldn’t be fear, let the people vote.”

The state needs to educate voters about the new rules, that even if they don’t have the proper ID, they can still vote if they sign the affidavit and have proof of residence.

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