Texas Photo ID Trial
After a two-week trial in September 2014, a district court judge struck down Texas’s strict photo ID law on October 9, 2014. The court held that the law was passed with the intent to discriminate against African American and Latino voters, and that the law places an unconstitutional burden on the right to vote. The Fifth Circuit subsequently stayed the trial court’s ruling, and granted Texas permission to enforce its photo ID law for the 2014 election. Challengers to the photo ID law, including the Texas State Conference of the NAACP and the Mexican American Legislative Caucus of the Texas House of Representatives (MALC), filed an emergency appeal with the Supreme Court, which it denied on October 18.
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The Brennan Center and co-counsel filed suit in federal court challenging Texas's strict photo voter ID law on behalf of the Texas State Conference of the NAACP and the Mexican American Legislative Caucus of the Texas House of Representatives (MALC).
After nearly a year of litigation, the Texas photo ID trial started this morning.
A district court judge found more than 600,000 registered voters, many of them African American and Latino, lack the ID needed to vote. Plaintiffs filed an emergency appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
A federal court blocked Texas's restrictive photo ID law, ruling it violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act and the U.S. Constitution by making it harder for minorities to vote.