High Court rejects bid to halt Texas’ voter ID law

Four days after a United States District Court Judge upheld a North Carolina law requiring valid forms of identification to cast ballots in elections, the United States Supreme Court refused to hear a Texas case challenging the legality of a similar voter law.

The High Court cited time constraint in its decision declining to hear the case.

“We appreciate the Supreme Court allowing the law to remain in effect at this time and look forward to defending the merits of our case in front of the entire 5th Circuit next month,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement.

The case revolves around a requirement voters furnish valid forms of state-approved identification to be eligible to vote.  Critics of the law say it places an undue financial burden on the indigent and is a violation of the Voter Rights Act.

The state of Texas, which passed the law in 2011, already provides free state-identification cards to those seeking a form of verification.

However, litigants in the case charge the free identification is not adequate and does not take into account cost involved with travel and obtaining proper documents to apply for free state identification cards; they accuse the law of being unfair and leading to the disenfranchisement of minority voters.

The Supreme Court’s decision sends the dispute back to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, which is expected to hear arguments on May 24.

Friday’s ruling also stipulates a willingness to reconsider the Texas case should the Appeals Court not issue a decision by July 20 and the claimants refile for an emergency hearing.


[The Independent] [Image courtesy rnntv.com]