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Case Updates8/06/15LDF Statement on Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Decision on Texas Photo ID Law 10/18/14SCOTUS Fails to Stop Discriminatory TX Photo ID Law Before Upcoming Elections 10/15/14U.S. Supreme Court Asked to Stop Discriminatory TX ID Law from Going Into Effect for Upcoming Elections 10/09/14Federal Judge Strikes Texas’s Racially Discriminatory Photo ID Law 9/22/14LDF Presents Closing Arguments in Closely Watched Challenge to Texas Photo ID Law
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United States v. Texas, et al.; Veasey v. Perry - SCOTUS Affirms Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Decision to Stay District Court ruling 10/18/14
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Political Participation | Voting Rights Act
Update Oct 19, 2014: SCOTUS Fails to Stop Discriminatory TX Photo ID Law Before Upcoming Elections
On August 22, 2013, the Department of Justice filed a lawsuit in the Southern District of Texas challenging Texas's discriminatory photo ID law, SB 14, under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. The NAACP Legal Defense Fund petitioned the Court on August 26 to allow its clients, the Texas League of Young Voters Education Fund and an undergraduate student at Prairie View A & M University, to intervene in the action. The DOJ and LDF previously successfully blocked SB 14 under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. In this new case, LDF's clients not only seek to block the suppressive photo ID law, but also will petition the court to "bail-in" the State of Texas for all future voting changes.
SB 14 imposes significant burdens on young African-American student voters in Texas, many of whom have previously relied on student IDs to vote in past elections. Texas's restrictive voter ID law would have a disproportionate effect on voters of color throughout the state. Nationally, only 8% of white voting age citizens, while 25% of African-American voting age citizens, lack a government-issued photo ID. Under the proposed law, concealed handgun licenses would be acceptable forms of photo ID, but student IDs would not.