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Federal court rejects new Texas voter photo ID law

Associated Press Modified: August 31, 2012 at 2:18 am •  Published: August 31, 2012
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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A three-judge panel in Washington has struck down a Texas law requiring voters to show ID at the polls. It's the second loss in federal court in just three days for the Lone Star State.

But Texas is vowing to appeal both cases to the Supreme Court — and win.

Thursday's unanimous ruling rejected the voter ID law because Texas failed to prove the law wouldn't unfairly harm low-income minority voters.

Earlier in the week, a separate federal panel struck down the state's redistricting maps after finding they discriminated against black and Hispanic voters.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott says voter ID rules are needed to prevent fraud and the maps reflect the will of the Texas Legislature. He says he's confident the high court will side with him.


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