Court Rejects Texas Voter ID Law

    CLINTON, WI - JUNE 05:  Charles Lankford leaves a voting booth after casting a ballot in the Wisconsin recall election June 5, 2012 in Clinton, Wisconsin. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, a Democrat, is trying to unseat Republican Governor Scott Walker in the recall election. Opponents of Walker forced a recall election after the governor pushed to change the collective bargaining process for public employees in the state.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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    A federal court in Washington on Thursday struck down a Texas law that made photo identification a requirement to voting. The three-judge panel ruled that the law statute imposes “strict, unforgiving burdens on the poor.” The ruling also noted that the law would disproportionately affect minorities, who are more likely to not possess a driver’s license or passport. The same federal courthouse will decide on a challenge to South Carolina’s new photo-ID law, which went on trial this week and a decision is expected before the November election. A similar law in Pennsylvania was recently upheld. Strict voter-ID laws have become something of a rallying cry of conservatives this election cycle.

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