BREAKING: Texas voter ID law struck down
August 30th, 2012
12:18 PM ET
10 years ago

BREAKING: Texas voter ID law struck down

(CNN) - A federal appeals court in Washington has struck down the Texas voter ID law which required photos for voters at the polls, saying the law amounts to racial discrimination.

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

Filed under: 2012 • President Obama • Rick Perry • Texas
soundoff (81 Responses)
  1. Republican who supports President Obama

    Finally the justice system has shown some teeth and a spine. These types of laws are a disgrace and only leads officials in the red states to intimidate voters.

    August 30, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  2. cali girl

    That's one for the American people who have a right to vote.

    August 30, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Even in red states, American citizens should have a right to vote.

    August 30, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    The decision to strike down these laws is a no-brainer in states cited in the Voting Rights Act.

    August 30, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  5. T'sah From Virginia

    ROTFLMAO – If it is discrimination in Texas, it's discrimination over the entire country!!!!!


    August 30, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  6. Mikey

    Great news! I hope this whole anti-American voter suppression effort fails miserably. Trying to prevent hundreds of thousands of citizens from voting because of a few dozen cases of fraud is as ridiculous as it is unethical. They try to suppress the vote and tear down the Presidency and then they have the nerve to call themselves Patriots. What a joke!

    August 30, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  7. Clarence

    The law is clearly discriminatory as only minorities are required to present ID. Whites do not have to. Also, minorities are required to pay $1,000 to vote and stand on their head for 2 minutes. Minorities must be able to pull their ears, rub their stomachs and chew gum at the same time. Minorities are required to surrender their first born child. The rejected law also only counts minority votes at a 10% rate while white votes are counted at a 300% rate. Justice is served.

    August 30, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  8. Dyslexic doG

    I hope that Americans don't miss the BIG message here either: of just how dishonest and underhanded the Republican party are at their very core. Why would you vote for a party that represents itself this way?!?!

    August 30, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  9. Al-NY,NY

    the GOP in Texas is now 0 for 2 to gerrymandering to their will and no to voter supression

    August 30, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  10. Joepub

    I don't get it. Why is showing an ID such a big issue?

    August 30, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  11. da

    what a travesty. ID required to board a plane, but not to exercise one of the most important duties of a citizen. hideous.

    August 30, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  12. belladaddy

    Heads Up, Florida! You're next!!

    August 30, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  13. ST

    Since the upheld of the so-called Obamacare, I have much faith with those who were appointed to safeguard all the laws. Some people think so long as a republican is on the bench he will go/act according to party affiliation. This is not the case anymore!

    August 30, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  14. Chung

    GOP disgusts me, they know facts are not with them, they know they can't win without the minorities' votes, so the only way to overcome this is stop them from voting. It is disgusting and outrageously discriminatory, so for you Mitt Romney hypocrites and supporters there, take that! Go, Ohio, Go PA, federal judges, you have to power to restore our democracy stolen by GOP.

    August 30, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  15. BlkPwr817

    Wonderful News...If the Federal Courts denied this law in Texas, I wonder if they will ruling against it in other states Like Ohio & Pennsylvania. This is just a win for Democrats or minorities, this is a win for ALL of the American citizens in the state of Texas.

    August 30, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  16. still waiting on moderation

    Well, if the repubs can't cheat thier way to victorythey'll have to go heavy on the lying and stealing.

    August 30, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  17. Aiden

    Texas will keep figting this so its not over. An ID for god's sake.

    August 30, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  18. Clarence

    If unfettered voting is so critical to our democracy, then I say let everyone vote as many times as they want. Three year olds, illegals, incarcerated felons, and dead people all should have that right. There should only be one requirement. Voting for Democrats is mandatory. Oh, and one more requirement. You must be completely uninformed and have no idea what you are doing.

    August 30, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  19. Jane

    @Joepub: Where do I begin? It has been established that we're talking about Possibly 63 cases of 'voter fraud', out of millions of votes over the last decade. Have you heard even a whisper of concern by Republicans over 'voter fraud' PRIOR to a half Black person being elected President? EVERY State where all this 'concern' is being shown has a Republican Governor and a Republican majority in its legislature. In one state, hours and locations in Democratic counties were seriously curtailed while hours and locations in Republican counties were extended. In Texas, you can't vote if you don't have an ID that you had to pay for, but you CAN vote if you have an NRA Membership I.D. Connect the dots.

    August 30, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |

    The 2K12 poll tax has been struck down. You notice that the only states putting voter ID laws in place are the states with republican governors. It's plain to see that republicans don't stand by minorities.

    August 30, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  21. thetruthandnothingbutthetruth

    because it was never required at anytime in american history!

    August 30, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  22. Deep In the Heart of Texas

    To everyone asking what is the big deal about showing an ID? I sure have no problem at all and certainly don't mind showing anybody my ID to vote. But being both a card-carrying gun permit holder and a registered student carrying a college ID here in Texas, I had to scratch my head on that one myself. Texas would let me use my gun permit to vote but not my college ID. There's the problem. Texas was trying to hand-pick the voters and trying to make it easier for voters that they thought would vote Republican and harder for the ones they thought would vote the other way. Little did Texas know that not all gun owners are blathering idiots. I happen to see nothing but lies, lies, lies coming from the Republicans this time around, and I'm voting Democrat. AND I'm showing them my driver's license, my gun carrier's permit and my student ID whether I need to or not!

    August 30, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  23. ghostriter

    Joepub, for starters, pulling this stunt before a presidential election reeks of foul play. They could have instituted this stuff for the next election. Haphazardly rolling out new rules and regulations without proper time to implement the changes is stupid.

    2nd, as in Ohio, most of the laws have nothing to do with ID. Limiting hours and days that traditionally have been times when democrats vote is suppression, no matter how you slice it.

    3rd, when reports show that a significant number of people (10% in most cases) don't or won't have that ID in a major election coming up, that is irresponsible at best. Especially when your excuse is voter fraud that occurs less than 1% of the time. Why create impediments to 10% of the population to stop a crime that is negligible?

    August 30, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  24. scarab

    one can read above and tell when one is in the wrong barn... so lets line up the dead, the illegals and get those legals to vote early and often... No ID required... We are dying from within... Nothing good has come of liberal rule except the dimunition of all that is good in America. Going to get my welfare check now.

    August 30, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  25. alien

    Not everyone drives a car and to republicans amazment not everyone is on welfare sooooo, not everyone has a ID. Its that simple !!!!!

    August 30, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
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