An initial look at laws introduced in state legislatures makes it clear that the fight continues against voter suppression across the country. But many states are looking to expand access to the polls and make a more inclusive democracy.
Both a previous panel and the full Fifth Circuit bench have already declared that the law, originally passed in 2011, had the effect of discriminating against African American and Latino voters in the state.
Civil rights and voting rights groups filed a motion asking for the full Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to review the merits of Texas’ appeal from a lower court ruling that the state’s voter ID law was passed with the intent to discriminate.
Plaintiffs respectfully submitted in the brief that since the U.S. Election Assistance Commission was split over the executive director's authority in the issue, it is time for the court to move forward and address the merits of the case.