Voter ID

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The upper chamber of the Texas Legislature has approved a series of changes to the state’s controversial photo voter ID law, to bring the legislation in line with a federal ruling, reports The Houston Chronicle.

Last year an appeals court declared that Republican legislators intentionally enacted the law to discriminate toward minorities. This week the GOP-led Senate voted 21-10 to approve the changes ordered by the Feds.

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This week the United States Supreme Court rejected an appeal from the State of Texas that would have restored the state’s controversial voter ID law.

As The New York Times reports, Chief Justice John Roberts left the door open for the Supreme Court to consider the case after further proceedings in the lower courts.

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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has been delivered yet another defeat in court over his plan to prevent people from voting in state and local elections unless they show proof of U.S. citizenship.

As The Kansas City Star reports, a Shawnee County judge has permanently extended an earlier injunction against a two-tiered voter registration system backed by Kobach.

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Despite tightening polls in the Lone Star State and Donald Trump’s repeated complaints that the election, Texas elections officials will not be increasing voter security throughout the state,

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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has gained national attention trying to ensure that voters who failed to show proof of citizenship should not be allowed to vote. Almost 18,000 voters in the state have registered without showing such documentation. And now, as The Kansas City Star reports, a Shawnee County judge has said those registered voter’s ballots will count in November’s election.

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Voters in Kansas elections this November will not have to show proof of citizenship if they register using the federal form, reports The Wichita Eagle.

In January Kansas announced a controversial rule that would require proof of citizenship from voters who register using the federal form. But last week a federal appeals court rejected the rule. The court’s decision came after the League of Women Voters challenged the law.

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Last week, voting rights advocates accused Texas Republicans of mounting a procedural end run around a panel of federal appeals court judges.

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Texas’s Voter ID law is in the spotlight again as the state considers appealing a Federal ruling that deemed the law unconstitutional. Last month, a Federal judge ruled that the law violates the U.S. law prohibiting racial discrimination in elections.

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Kansas has become the latest state to put forward an attempt to set up strict citizenship tests aimed at keeping thousands of would-be voters from casting ballots in November, reports USA TODAY.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has asked a federal appeals court in Denver to take up the state's proof-of-citizenship voting case.

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Last month a federal appeals court ruled that Texas’s controversial Voter ID law discriminates against black and Hispanic voters. Now, reports The Dallas Morning News, the Lone Star State is appealing the decision with the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Last month a federal appeals court declared that Texas’s controversial Voter ID law was biased against minority and poor voters. Now, as Bloomberg reports, the Lone Star State has reached a compromise that will allow these voters to have their voices heard.

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From Texas to North Carolina to Wisconsin, federal judges have recently struck down state laws judges say were designed to keep minorities out of the voting booth.

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A Federal appeals court has struck down Texas's voter identification law, reports Bloomberg. The Fifth Circuit court determined that the law is, in fact, discriminatory—as has been repeatedly charged by critics.

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The Texas Voter ID law has twice been struck down by courts. Yet the law lives on, through appeal after appeal. Last week, in the latest round of the drama, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was in federal court to defend the measure once again.

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Last week a group of Hispanic voters urged the United States Supreme Court to block Texas from enforcing its voter ID law, says NBC News.  Lawyers for the League of United Latin American Citizens were joined by one of the state’s Democratic lawmakers, Rep. Marc Veasy of Fort Worth. The legislation requires a photo ID to vote but limits the permissible forms of identification.

Of all the states that have held Democratic and Republican primaries so far, Texas had the second lowest participation rate, reports Only Louisiana had a lower turnout rate.

Texas pulled in the most voters in state history, more than 4.2 million of them. But that number accounts for less than 22 percent of residents 18 and older. One reason for the low participation may be the 2011 Texas voter ID law.

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President Obama threw down the gauntlet to Texas GOP lawmakers this week during a talk at the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin. According to Obama, Texas leaders "aren't interested" in higher voter numbers, reports The Texas Tribune. The president claimed that the state’s Republican leadership has stifled voter turnout. He added that the public should do more to encourage online voting and other civic engagement.

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In regional news, a controversial Texas law is getting another look from a federal court, reports The Texas Tribune. The case involves a law requiring voters to show a photo ID at the polling place. Six months ago a three-judge appeals court panel ruled the law violated the Voting Rights Act. Now the full U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals plans to take up the case.

A Reminder That Texas Voters Must Show ID

Oct 27, 2015

Elections are just around the corner, and here’s a friendly reminder that Texas voters must show a photo ID to vote in Texas elections. The Canadian Record reminded Texans this week that registered Texas voters who do not have the required photo ID to cast a ballot in the upcoming election will have an opportunity to obtain and Election Identification Card in select area locations.

The following photo IDs will be accepted:

The voter registration debate continues with Kris Kobach and Hillary Clinton.

Three Kansans face voter fraud charges

Oct 15, 2015

A western Kansas man is charged with voting in multiple Sherman County elections between 2012 and 2014 without being qualified. Secretary of State Kris Kobach is also charging Lincoln Wilson with committing election perjury. Two Johnson County residents are accused to voting in the 2010 general election without being lawfully registered Kansas voters. Few details have been released, but court documents show Kobach has worked with officials in surrounding states.

Kobach pushes for power to prosecute voter fraud

Nov 10, 2014
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Secretary of State Kris Kobach says he’ll keep pushing for the power to prosecute voter fraud cases reported Stephen Koranda for Kansas Public Radio.

Survey says most Texans favor voter ID

Oct 28, 2014

Two-thirds of registered Texas voters have a favorable opinion of the state’s voter photo ID law, and more than half have a “very favorable” view, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.

The U. S. Supreme Court recently struck down sections of the Voting Rights Act.  The portions eliminated required some states, including Texas, to obtain preapproval from the federal government before changing election laws. 

KUT reported it is uncertain how the Supreme Court decision will affect two current Texas issues: