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Feds Accuse Texas Of Misleading On Relaxed Voter ID Requirements

Sep 7, 2016
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The federal government is accusing Texas of circulating “inaccurate or misleading information” to poll workers and would-be voters about relaxed identification requirements for the November elections.

Texas Agrees To Weaken Voter ID Law For November Election

Aug 3, 2016
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Texas struck a deal Wednesday that will soften its voter ID law for the November general election — a development that lawyers suing the state say will make it easier for minorities to cast their ballots. 

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A federal appeals court invalidated the Texas voter ID law this week. The controversial law is one of the strictest in the country, requiring voters to show one of seven forms of identification before casting their ballot. Despite the victory in court, the man who filed the lawsuit -- "Veasey v. Abbott" -- is cautious. 

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A federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday that the Texas Voter ID Law violates the Voting Rights Act. The lawsuit challenging the law was born in North Texas.

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Texas’ voter identification law violates the U.S. law prohibiting racial discrimination in elections, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. 

State's Tab Defending Voter ID $3.5 Million So Far

Jun 17, 2016
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More than five years after Republicans fast-tracked legislation limiting the forms of ID accepted to vote in Texas elections, state taxpayers are still picking up the tab for defending the nation’s strictest voter identification law in court.

Five Years Later, Texas Voter ID Suit Still Moving Forward

May 24, 2016
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Texas’ five-year-old voter identification law — among the nation's strictest — will face a fresh round of probing Tuesday in a long-winding lawsuit that may ultimately end up at the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Even as a federal appeals court prepares to review the constitutionality of Texas’ controversial voter ID law, the law will remain in effect, the U.S. Supreme Court said in an order Friday.

The State of Texas has yet to file an appeal over a ruling against the state's voter identification law. Last week the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the law violated the Voting Rights Act.

But where do things stand now, and does the ruling mean Texans don't have to bring a photo ID when they vote this fall?

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This week, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the Texas photo ID law violates the Voting Rights Act, meaning it's racially discriminatory. The law is considered to have the most restrictive photo ID requirement in the country. 

A federal appeals court Wednesday struck down a voter ID law in Texas, saying it violated the 1965 Voting Rights Act. A 5th Circuit three-judge panel ruled unanimously that the law does not equate to a "poll tax" but does discriminate against minority voters.

The 2011 law, considered one of the toughest in the country, was in effect during the midterm elections last year. It was one of a handful of voter ID laws enacted in Republican-governed states. The Texas law required voters to provide certain forms of identification before they could cast a ballot.

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A federal appeals court has struck down Texas' voter ID law, ruling that the Republican-backed measure first passed in 2011 violates the Voting Rights Act.

Federal Appeals Court To Scrutinize Texas Voter ID Law

Apr 28, 2015
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Texas’ voter ID law faces a fresh round of legal scrutiny in New Orleans on Tuesday, the next step in a long-winding case that may be headed for the U.S. Supreme Court. 

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Early voting is underway across the state and both Tarrant and Dallas counties are seeing a steady stream of voters at the polls.

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The Supreme Court said Saturday that Texas can use its controversial new voter identification law for the November election.

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A federal court today confirmed that Texas voters will need a valid photo ID when early voting begins next Monday. 

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: A federal judge has blocked the state’s voter ID law, its Homecoming weekend for many North Texas schools, a traveling exhibit of Peruvian artifacts lands in Irving, and more.

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It’s been smooth sailing so far for Texas Republican John Cornyn in his bid for a third term in the U.S. Senate.

His wide lead and enormous war chest have given him the luxury of waging a non-traditional campaign that includes an effort to draw minority voters into the Republican fold.

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Here’s a reminder that will make it easier and faster to vote Tuesday: Take one of the seven approved forms of a photo ID with you.

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Dallas County Commissioners are discussing whether to pony up more money to reach voters whose photo IDs don’t match their elections records.

The Democratic county judge says it’s an effort to make sure everyone who’s registered gets to vote, but the commission’s lone Republican thinks there’s another reason.

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If early voting is an indication, as many as one in four Dallas County voters may have to complete extra documentation when they vote Tuesday.

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Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott says criticism surrounding the state's first election under a new voter ID mandate is "overhyped" and being driven by partisans.
 
Abbott told The Associated Press on Monday that requiring some voters to sign affidavits was proven to be "no big deal" during early voting.

State Sen. Wendy Davis isn't the only governor's candidate who needs an affidavit to vote in the Nov. 5 election.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott will need one, too, Matt Hirsch, his campaign spokesman, told the San Antonio Express-News.

The newspaper reports that Abbott has a different name on his driver's license than what's on the voter rolls. Davis faced a similar issue on Monday when she voted early in Fort Worth.

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Sen. Wendy Davis, a Democratic candidate for governor, had to sign an affidavit before she was allowed to vote early in Fort Worth on Monday. 

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Add gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis to the growing list of women who are having problems voting because of Texas' new photo ID law.

Davis, a Democratic state senator, was voting early in Fort Worth on Monday when poll workers made her sign an affidavit to verify her identity.

Why?

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Early voting begins today for the Nov. 5 election -- for the first time, Texans will have to show valid photo IDs at the polls.

In a 3-2 vote Dallas County Commissioners voted Tuesday to join a lawsuit that seeks to stop the implementation of Texas' Voter ID law. One Democrat on the court, Elba Garcia, voted against joining the lawsuit.

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A federal court on Thursday rejected a Texas law that would require voters to present photo IDs to election officials before being allowed to cast ballots in November.

For Now, No Need For Photo ID at the Polls

Jul 23, 2012
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If you don’t have your voters’ certificate, or driver’s license, or a state-issued ID, you can still vote in the Texas primary runoff elections starting today.

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An expert testifying for the state of Texas says new voter identification requirements would not affect voter turnout.

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