A bit of good news in the battles over Republican voter suppression tactics. A three judge appeals court panel struck down a photo ID law in Texas, noting that it has a disproportionate impact on poor and minority voters.
A federal court has ruled against a Texas law that would require voters to present photo IDs to election officials before being allowed to cast ballots in November.
A three-judge panel in Washington ruled Thursday that the law imposes “strict, unforgiving burdens on the poor” and noted that racial minorities in Texas are more likely to live in poverty.
CBS News legal analyst Andrew Cohen reports the law required new forms of voter identification even for Texas residents who have long voted accurately.
The court ruled that the new voter identification law in Texas would have an unconstitutional impact on the right to vote for poor people and especially Hispanics and African-Americans – the same minorities who were protected earlier in the week from Republican redistricting by another federal court panel.
A similar South Carolina law is being challenged in the same appeals court, but in front of a different panel. Another federal court struck down Florida’s onerous new restrictions on voter registration laws as well. Unfortunately, a court in Pennsylvania upheld that state’s photo ID laws a couple weeks ago.