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Discriminatory Texas voter ID law
A federal judge ruled again this week that a Texas voter ID law intentionally discriminates against minorities, raising the likelihood that the state could be put back under federal voting rights oversight. U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos delivered the same ruling in 2014, but she was ordered by a federal appeals court to review her decision. In her latest ruling, Ramos found that the 2011 state law—which requires voters to show one of seven specific types of photo ID—was “unduly strict” and seemed to be designed to exclude minorities. Handgun licenses are permissible under the law, for example, but not state government ID. Texas said the law was designed to combat voter fraud, and that it would probably appeal.