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Texas law requiring voter photo identification struck down

Court rules that requiring voters to show a driver’s license or other photo ID puts the poor at a disadvantage

On Thursday, a district court in Washington, D.C. ruled that a Texas law requiring voters to show government-issued photo identification such as a driver’s license or passport violates citizens’ civil rights. The three-judge panel unanimously ruled that such a restriction would be burdensome for the poor, and since a disproportionately high number of black and Hispanic Texans live in poverty, the law affects minorities more heavily.

Had this law been allowed to stand, the cost of getting a driver’s license, or lack of access to state motor vehicle offices could have prevented some underprivileged Texans from participating in elections.

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