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Texas must commit to educate voters to overcome voter ID confusion
07/24/16 |
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Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 00:00
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His worry is that Voter ID will continue to exert an impact even when/if its worst elements are thrown out. A joint study by Rice University and the University of Houston found that Voter ID impacted the 2014 District 23 congressional race between Democratic incumbent Pete Gallego and his Republican challenger, Will Hurd. The study found that most of the people in the district who cited Voter ID as their reason for not voting actually possessed acceptable IDs, but stayed away because they were confused.

“When we change these laws, the perception of these laws is more pervasive than the laws themselves,” he said. “Pete Gallego can tell you that even though this ruling just came out, the harm is done. People think that they can’t vote, and they won’t vote for that reason. So whatever remedy is made, there needs to be a vast voter education on what the law will do.”

Judge issues blueprint for fixes in Texas' voter ID law
07/23/16 |
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Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 00:00
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Texas will have to engage in a "meaningful" education campaign about its beleaguered voter ID law and some people lacking required photo identification may be allowed to once again use voter registration cards to cast ballots in the November election, a federal judge said Thursday.

In a two-page order, U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos in Corpus Christi provided the first blueprint for potential fixes for Texas' voter ID measure - one day after a federal appeals court said the law violates federal protections against discrimination at the ballot box. ...

"An affidavit is a possible form of a remedy. But the devil is in the details," [Janai Nelson, associate director-counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, which is part of the Texas voter ID case,] said. "For us it's going to be critical an affidavit serves as a vehicle for any willing voters to cast a ballot as freely and securely as possible.”

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