[Ed. – Presumably this too will be appealed by the challengers. We’ll see if the court grants them a stay; if not, the elections this year could be held with the voter ID requirement in operation. Demonstrating that that has no ill effects on “minority” voting rights would be a powerful lesson.]
A U.S. appeals court on Friday allowed Texas to implement a law requiring photo identification at the ballot box, reversing a lower court decision that blocked the measure on the grounds it could be discriminatory against racial minorities.
In a 2-1 decision, a panel from the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the law, which was designed as a fix for previous voter ID legislation struck down for being discriminatory.
The panel said the new legislation enacted last year had “improvements for disadvantaged minority voters,” the latest chapter in a seven-year dispute over voter ID at the ballot box in Texas, the most-populous Republican-controlled state.