Texas will defend controversial voter ID law at federal appeals court

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas soon plans to defend it’s controversial 2011 Texas Voter ID law.

A federal appeals court in New Orleans is going to hold a new hearing May 24. Last summer the court ruled the law violates the federal voting rights act. However, earlier this month the court agreed to reconsider the case.

This state law requires all registered voters to show picture identification at the polls. Supporters say it prevents fraud.

Critics argue that it’s intended to make voting tougher for older, poor and minority voters who are less likely to have the mandated forms of identification. Those against the ID law say it is discriminatory. Contrary to other states, Texas does not allow student identification cards to be used as a voting ID.

Supporter of the law, Texas Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton, said it is “a strong step forward in our efforts to defend the state’s Voter ID laws.”

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