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5th Circuit rejects TX Voter ID law

Mark P. Jones

5th Circuit rejects TX Voter ID law.

The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on July 20 struck down the Texas voter ID law, ruling that it violates the Voting Rights Act's prohibition against discriminatory voting laws. The appeals court decision cites a 2015 study by political science fellow Mark Jones and co-authors at the University of Houston Hobby Center for Public Policy. The study concluded that confusion over Texas’ voter photo identification requirement potentially discouraged as many as 9 percent of registered voters from going to the polls in November 2014 elections in the Latino-majority U.S. Congressional District 23, which stretches across the southwestern portion of the state.

Click here for the study conducted by Jones et al.

To read the appeals court decision, click here.