Federal Court Rules Texas Voter ID Law Violates Voting Rights Act, Discriminates Against Blacks and Latinos*

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Federal Court Rules Texas Voter ID Law Violates Voting Rights Act, Discriminates Against Blacks and Latinos*

By Tanasia Kenney

Texan Eric Kennie wasn’t able to vote in November despite having the same IDs he’s had to vote in previous elections. Image courtesy of Occupy Corporatism.com

In a landmark decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that the Texas voter ID law, one of the strictest in the nation, openly discriminates against Blacks and Latinos, thus violating the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

Yesterday’s ruling by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals marks the latest turn in a half-decade-long dispute over the controversial law, NBC News reports.

In 2014, a lower court found that over 600,000 Texans, many of whom are racial minorities, did not have the proper forms of ID required to vote in the Lone Star State. Types of identification accepted under Texas law include a valid driver’s license, passport, concealed-handgun…

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