Federal court strikes down Texas voter ID law
August 30th, 2012
01:46 PM ET
2 years ago

Federal court strikes down Texas voter ID law

Washington (CNN) - A federal appeals court in Washington Thursday struck down the Texas voter ID law requiring photos for voters at the polls, calling it racially discriminatory.

The decision is a major victory for the Obama administration and its Democratic allies, which had challenged the law.

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  1. BostonianNTheWoodlandsTX

    Again I'll ask.......where were all of you against this ruling back in 2010 ?

    What happened to all the brazen and confident chest thumping of 2010 ?

    I heard nothing about voter fraud, or ID's.

    What happened between 2010 and 2012 on such a grand scale of fraud to need these laws ?

    August 30, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  2. Desmond, a Canadian

    Of course, it is discriminatory and racist and bigotted. You don't need a court to tell you that! Besides, it is advanced by people who will go to absolutely any length to hurt Obama.

    August 30, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  3. Tired of republican lies

    It's coming down like a house of dominoes...The true colors are coming out.

    August 30, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  4. Showmeyerpapers

    Obviously b o has no chance in a legal election

    August 30, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  5. Republicans; the "Not Intended to be Factually Accurate" Party

    So, is this relevant NATIONWIDE, or only in the appelate district including Texas.

    August 30, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  6. JoAnn

    Lets see, they want to make it difficult for us to vote, and insert government intervention between a woman and her doctor. That is, if she can afford one. What do we get out of this, oh yeah, higher taxes and a government that adds to the Bush deficits. For a right to life party, (read that "Right to Birth" party) it doesn't give a damn about us after we're here.

    August 30, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  7. BostonianNTheWoodlandsTX

    Talk about drawing a new line in the sand or making up laws as you go along.......

    August 30, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  8. truth hurts

    It is pretty obvious that Obama and Holder are now misusing the Voters Rights Act to attack states that want to institute voter ID laws. The Supreme Court has upheld them and so states should be allowed to implement them. It is time to repeal the Voter Rights Act as it is now violating LEGAL citizens rights to an honest election.

    August 30, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  9. WhatNow

    Good news! I live in Texas and I am glad to see that someone has recognized this discriminatory bull.

    August 30, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  10. JoAnn

    Let's see, the're making it difficult for undesirables (Democrats) to vote and making sure women are kept barefoot and pregnant by limiting family planning, birth control and abortion. What else will they take away if they get elected? Besides health care, Medicare, Planned Parenthood and out tax monies.

    August 30, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Almost every state that has passed a Voter ID law lacked the capacity to produce and deliver an approved "state issued" ID to every person who currently lacks one. In fact, Pennsylvania cut their budget and can only produce 10% of what might be needed in time for the election.

    August 30, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  12. Smallbusinessowner

    In this country to be put on any payroll, the Governement requires you to fill out an I-9 form, REQUIRING TWO types of ID. One verifying who you are, and the other verfifying that you are legally allowed to work in this country. So we must show ID to work and pay taxes, but not to vote?

    August 30, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  13. Bob Texas

    The GOP will stop at nothing to get into the White House. I'm from Texas and I feel like I am in Russia.

    August 30, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  14. Larry L

    @truth hurts

    "It is pretty obvious that Obama and Holder are now misusing the Voters Rights Act to attack states that want to institute voter ID laws."
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    You're wrong again. If you get out the Texas map and look at the districts you'll (even you) see the obvious attempts to gerrymander the districts to dilute minority votes. Some of the "districts" had long, skinny corridors less than a half mile wide extending hundreds of miles. They used a computer analysis to deliver the optimal result in weakening the minority voice. It was absoluetly shameful but typical for Texas. This was a part of Tom DeLay's scheme titled "A Republican Majority Forever". That was done before he went to prison. Unfortunately they released him so he could perform on "Dancing With the Criminals".

    August 30, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  15. the real ib

    If you cash a check you have to show an ID; if you open a bank account you have to show ID. If you drive a car you have ID or suppose to have. Why are the democrats and Obama so afraid of ID laws especially since the democrats claimed Bush stole the election in 2004. This will stop a lot of voter fraud; guess that's what the demos are afraid of. Everyone has to have ID in todays world guess Obama is counting on the illegal vote to get him re-elected.

    August 30, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  16. I must've missed something

    Wait, what? I need an id to buy cigarettes and alcohol and go to clubs and drive, but it's too much to ask me to bring along an id to vote? Seems to me the chances are higher for someone to commit voter fraud (Gasp! Never happens!)than for someone to not be able to show an id. Do we think people are that incapable? This just goes along with the enabler role our gov'mnt and half the nation thinks is best.

    August 30, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  17. ghostriter

    truth hurts, The Voting Right's Act is pretty much in stone. And pretty understandable. These states with past issues have to submit documentation explaining any voting changes. Texas and other states have failed to explain this satisfactorily. Even PA, they admitted they had no actual cases of voting fraud. But it does beg the question of how will these new laws protect against the fake ID's that illegals pretty much already have? Will the GOP assign bartenders and bouncers to voting locations?

    And please, it's the law. I thought you conservatives were all for the constitution? Or is that only the case when it fits your agenda?

    BTW, the SC also ruled on abortion, the AFA and a host of other issues. When will republicans let those go?

    August 30, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  18. ghostriter

    real ib,

    This will not stop voter fraud. Illegals and underage kids have fake ID's right now. How will this stop fake ID's?

    There is no requirement that everyone must have an ID. And that was the 2000 election, not 2004.

    But we aren't nitpicking here. I guess a better question would be why didn't republicans have these laws in place for the primaries? Or better yet, what does ID laws have to do with curtailing voting hours and days? Republicans were crying that they didn't have the money to keep polls open longer, but have the money to give out free ID's.

    August 30, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  19. The Real Tom Paine

    -the real ib

    If you cash a check you have to show an ID; if you open a bank account you have to show ID. If you drive a car you have ID or suppose to have. Why are the democrats and Obama so afraid of ID laws especially since the democrats claimed Bush stole the election in 2004. This will stop a lot of voter fraud; guess that's what the demos are afraid of. Everyone has to have ID in todays world guess Obama is counting on the illegal vote to get him re-elected.
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    Because the type of ID that these laws are requiring is not universal. Texas, for example, will let you use a gun permit, but not a Student ID. A lot of seniors don't drive, so they don't have Driver's licenses. I seem to remember the Righties screaming about a national identity card a few years back saying it was an unwarrented intrusion into the lives of people: are you now saying that oppostion was a bad idea? The right is doing this because they know these state and local agencies will get overwhelmed with requests, so they will be able to disenfranchise people by default.

    August 30, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  20. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    The GOP will do ANYTHING to steal elections!

    August 30, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  21. I must've missed something

    I welcome the Democrat vote, the Independent vote, the gay vote, the straight vote, the right to life vote, the abortion supporter vote, the vegetarian vote, the hunter vote, the black vote, the Asian vote, the Latino vote, etc. What I don't welcome is the fraudulent vote. Really, is that too much to ask? We elect a President every four years. It's not like this should come as a surprise to anyone who needs an id. Come on, now. Let's argue stuff that matters. This kind of thing is so petty. Signed, a 34 year old Asian American living on a farm in the middle of nowhere in Africa who will jump thru every hoop to make sure I get my absentee ballot in while people in America think it's such a hassle to produce an id.

    August 30, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  22. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Stop all the voter none sense and just require everyone that votes has a "purple Thumb", problem solved just like in the Middle East.

    August 30, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  23. ghostriter

    Missed something, where is the voter fraud? Can you point us to reports where this is a big issue?

    I guess a better question should be, why all of a sudden? We could have put this into play for 2014. But there is this rush to get this in now. Not to mention the cash strapped states. How are they going to pay for it? Because you cannot, by law, force folks to pay for ID to vote as that would be a poll tax.

    August 30, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  24. truth hurts

    Claudia, Houston, Tx - Stop all the voter none sense and just require everyone that votes has a "purple Thumb", problem solved just like in the Middle East.
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    What problem is solved??? Letting everybody in the country illegally only vote ONCE???!!! Oi vay....

    August 30, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  25. truth hurts

    ghostriter - Missed something, where is the voter fraud? Can you point us to reports where this is a big issue?
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    Just how does one determine voter fraud without an ID being requested? I can get somebody to vote as my neighbor down the street if I know he's home bound and doesn't vote. It would be that simple, unless a person at the polling place happened to know the person(s) and that is highly unlikely.

    The fact is that Democrats simply want to PROTECT the ability of illegals to vote. Many have even proposed it. What we have now is almost as good as that.

    August 30, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
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