Texas’ Voter ID law to remain in effect for now

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Robert Pratt

I expected a quick move from the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on the absurd Voter ID ruling by that notorious federal judge in Corpus Christi, Nelva Gonzales Ramos, and such proved out.

A panel of the Fifth Circuit ruled Wednesday morning that Texas may continue to enforce its Voter ID law as amended in the last regular legislative session.

In a majority opinion, the Firth Circuit concluded that Texas made a strong showing that it is likely to prevail in the voter ID case. “A temporary stay here, while the court can consider arguments on the merits, will minimize confusion among both voters and trained election officials,” the court wrote.

“We’re pleased that the 5th Circuit agrees that Texas’ voter ID law should remain in effect for upcoming elections. Safeguarding the integrity of our election process is essential to preserving our democracy, and the voter ID law provides simple protections to ensure our elections accurately reflect the will of voters in Texas,” Texas Attorney General Paxton said.

Texas may go ahead with its Voter ID law while waiting for a hearing before the court on December 4th of this year.

There are judges on the court who are ready to accept, as did the judge in Corpus Christi, the idea that Voter ID was passed to discriminate against minority voters.

Let’s hope a majority of the court still accepts the principle that it needs substantive evidence, not simply claims of Democrats, to come to such a nasty conclusion.

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