Fifth Circuit Determines that Texas Photo ID Law Has a Discriminatory Effect

By Richard Winger On August 5, the Fifth Circuit issued an opinion in Veasey v Abbott, 14-41127. The voting rights organizations that filed the case had argued that the 2011 Texas law that requires voters at the polls to show certain kinds of government photo-ID violates the Voting Rights Act, section two. In 2014 the U.S. District Court had agreed with the plaintiffs and invalidated the law. The Fifth Circuit agrees with the U.S. District Court that the Texas law has the effect of discriminating against Hispanic and African-American voters.
But the Fifth Circuit said that just because the law has …read more