How Texas' voter ID law landed it in federal court - again
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas once again defended one of the nation's strictest voter ID laws in federal court — this time against charges that the state is violating its own recent agreement to soften the rules ahead of the November election.
Last month, Texas approved letting residents who couldn't meet the requirement of its 2011 voter ID law cast ballots in the presidential election after the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appels found that the law discriminated against poor and minority voters.
But since that July ruling, the U.S. Justice Department has accused Texas of reneging on the deal. U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos in Corpus Christi heard arguments on those complaints Monday evening.