Voter ID law
A federal judge has set a September 2014 trial date for a lawsuit seeking to overturn Texas’ Voter ID — just ahead of a pivotal general election.
Tuesday is Election Day across Texas, and the polls are officially open to voters! Polling places opened at 7:00 a.m. and will stay open until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday.
The new Texas voter ID law is already in effect for this election season, and was used across the state during early voting. The law is intended to deter fake voters, but several public officials have already run into issues.
The Mexican American Legislative Caucus and the Texas NAACP filed a lawsuit Tuesday to overturn the state’s Voter ID law, joining the Justice Department in fighting the law.
Unless a federal judge intervenes, the South Texas city of Edinburg could be the first to enforce a new voter ID law next week, and lawyers will likely use the special election to gather evidence to strengthen lawsuits to block it in the future.
Dallas County commissioners are considering joining the federal voting rights challenge to the state’s new voter ID law. That law requires voters to present photo ID to vote in person.
When the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights act last week, it handed Republicans tough questions with no easy answers over how, and where, to attract voters even GOP leaders say the party needs to stay nationally competitive.
The United States Supreme Court struck down a portion of the 1965 Voting Rights Act requiring certain states, including Texas, to have voting law changes “pre-cleared” by federal courts.