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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