Texas Voter ID Law shot down by D.C. court

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Updated: 8/31/2012 6:12 am
A federal court in Washington DC struck down Texas' voting law, the second day in a row it happened. Thursday's decision involved the law that would require you to present photo ID's to election workers before being allowed to cast ballots in November.

The three-judge panel, made up of members of the nine-judge D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, ruled that the law imposes "strict, unforgiving burdens on the poor" and notes that racial minorities in Texas are more likely to live in poverty. 
Wednesday, the state's redistricting maps were declared discriminatory by a panel from the same court, though none of the same members were among that group.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott says he'll appeal both cases to the U.S. Supreme Court.

State Representative Charles Perry of Lubbock said the decision was a "given".

"It's very predictable. We knew this was coming. It's part of the process we expected. It goes from this to the Supreme Court. We knew it was going to go there," Perry said. "It's unfortunate that it ties up tax payer dollars and resources for something that has already been basically held constitutional in other states.

He said he expects the Supreme Court to make a quick decision that will uphold the law.
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