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Laura Buckman for The Texas Tribune

The state of Texas can use its revised voter ID measure for the 2018 November elections, a divided federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday. 

Laura Buckman for The Texas Tribune

Continuing a dramatic reversal on voting rights under President Donald Trump, the U.S. Department of Justice is asking a federal appeals court to allow Texas to enforce a photo voter identification law that a lower court found discriminatory.

A federal judge in Corpus Christi has issued a permanent injunction against Texas' voter ID law, which required voters to show one of several approved forms of photo ID before casting a ballot.

Brendan Steinhauser, a political strategist living in Austin, uses the state’s voter file all the time.

“The voter file is quite simply a list of voters who are registered to vote,” he says. “You can also obtain their voting history to see if they have voted in past elections.”

Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune

Texas’ new voter identification law fully absolves the state from having discriminated against minority voters in 2011, and courts should not take further action in a battle over the state’s old voter ID law, President Donald Trump’s Department of Justice argued in a legal filing Wednesday

Texas House Backs Voter ID Overhaul, With Changes

May 23, 2017
Marjorie Kamys Cotera for The Texas Tribune

The Texas House on Tuesday approved legislation to overhaul the state’s embattled voter identification law, moving it one step closer to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk.

From Texas Standard:

The 2011 Texas voter ID law was one of the strictest such laws in the nation. It required Texans to show one of seven approved forms of photo identification to vote.

The U.S. Supreme Court has once again declined to reinstate North Carolina's strict voter ID law, which was struck down last year after a court ruled it was intentionally designed to stop African-Americans from voting.

The nation's highest court refused to consider an appeal by North Carolina Republicans, NPR's Pam Fessler reports.

"Chief Justice John Roberts wrote that the court's refusal to consider an appeal did not signify an opinion on the merits of the case," Fessler says.

Study: Texas Voter Education Campaign Failed To Prevent ID Confusion

Apr 11, 2017
Bob Daemmrich / Texas Tribune

Texas’ court-ordered $2.5 million voter education campaign failed to prevent widespread confusion about the state’s identification rules ahead of the 2016 general election, according to a study released Monday.

Texas lawmakers intended to discriminate when they passed a strict voter ID law in 2011, a federal judge has ruled.

Texas Senate Tentatively Approves Voter ID Fix

Mar 27, 2017
Michael Stravato for The Texas Tribune

The Texas Senate tentatively approved legislation Monday that would revamp the state’s voter identification rules, a response to court rulings that the current law discriminates against minority voters.

Texas Senate Committee Approves Texas Voter ID Overhaul

Mar 13, 2017
Laura Buckman for The Texas Tribune

A Texas Senate panel cleared legislation Monday that would overhaul the state voter identification rules, an effort to comply with court rulings that the current law discriminates against African-American and Latino voters.

Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune

The U.S. Department of Justice confirmed Monday it plans to ditch its longstanding position that Texas lawmakers purposefully discriminated against minority voters by passing the nation’s strictest voter identification law in 2011.

Texas Republicans Pitch New Voter ID Law

Feb 22, 2017
Tamir Kalifa / The Texas Tribune

Top Texas Republicans unveiled legislation Tuesday that would overhaul the state’s voter identification rules, an effort to comply with court rulings that have found that the current law discriminates against minority groups.

Erik Hersman / Flickr

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal from Texas in its effort to restore its strict voter identification law on Monday.

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick recently released his top 10 priorities for the 2017 legislative session. And now with several hundred bills filed, we have some glimpses of how he plans to meet his goals.

In Latest Voter ID Filing, Feds Argue Texas Discriminated On Purpose

Nov 20, 2016
Bob Daemmrich / The Texas Tribune

Months after a federal appeals court ruled that Texas lawmakers discriminated against African-American and Latino voters in passing a strict voter identification law, the Obama administration and civil rights groups are asking a judge to go a step further — by finding that the lawmakers did it on purpose.

Both In Court And Under Trump, Texas Voter ID Law Faces Uncertain Future

Nov 17, 2016
Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune

Five years ago, Texas passed one of the strictest Voter ID laws in the country. The legal fight began immediately and has continued through this day, with critics of the law getting some assistance from the Obama administration's Justice Department.

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Voter identification requirements are different this election. Seven forms of photo ID are accepted at the polls, and now, several types of supporting documentation will suffice if you don’t have one.

Bob Daemmrich / Texas Tribune

Two weeks of early voting revealed strains and missteps as Texas tried to comply with a court order reining in its voter ID law. When Election Day dawns, civil rights advocates, along with state and county officials, hope that most wrinkles have been ironed out for the ultimate test.

Report: Texas Has Closed Most Polling Places Since Court Ruling

Nov 5, 2016
Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune

Five Texas counties rank among the top 10 nationwide for closing the greatest percentage of their polling places since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a portion of the Voting Rights Act in 2013, according to a new report released less than a week before Election Day. 

Since early voting started last week, there’s been some confusion about the Texas voter ID law.

This summer, a court ordered the state to change the law and then spend $2.5 million educating voters about those changes. But, voting rights groups say that last part hasn’t gone so well, and some experts say the language used to communicate those changes could be part of the problem.

The Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund has filed a lawsuit challenging Bexar County’s use of outdated Voter ID signs in polling locations and use of election officials turning away eligible voters.

MALDEF alleges that Bexar County has posted and announced false and unauthorized voter ID requirements in early voting polling places throughout the county.   The group’s Nina Perales says they are asking a state judge to remove all illegal voter ID materials from polling locations as well as from the county’s website and voter hotline.

Texas Civil Rights Advocates Air Concerns About Voter ID Issues

Oct 28, 2016
Laura Buckman for The Texas Tribune

Nearly a week into early voting in Texas, civil rights advocates say they have received scattered reports of poll workers sharing inaccurate or incomplete information about the state's recently modified voter identification rules, painting a fuller picture of early confusion at the polls.

Record 15 Million Texans Registered To Vote

Oct 13, 2016
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Texas has a record-breaking 15 million people registered to vote ahead of the November election, the Secretary of State’s office announced Thursday.

Texans across the state will soon be inundated with TV and radio ads ahead of this year’s presidential election. However, the ads won't be from candidates running for office, but from the state of Texas. The state-funded ads are intended to inform voters of the recent court-ordered changes to Texas' voter ID law.

Erik Hersman / Flickr

Tuesday is the deadline to register to vote for the upcoming election on Nov. 8.  

Since the deadline is coming quickly, your best bet is to register in person. Here are a few tips to make sure you can vote next month.

 

It’s going to be easier for some populations to vote this year because of recent court-ordered changes to the voter ID law.  One group is the state’s homeless population, which typically faces many hurdles casting a ballot.

Erik Hersman / Flickr

Texas is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to restore its newly weakened voter ID law but not until after the November election.

We are about a month away from early voting in Texas for this year’s presidential election and vital information regarding recent changes to the state’s controversial voter ID law are largely absent from county websites.


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