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Judge sets oral arguments to determine if Texas intended to discrminate with voter ID law
08/25/16 |
Publication Date: 
Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 15:00
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A federal judge has scheduled oral arguments for Jan. 24 to determine if the Texas Legislature approved a voter ID law in 2011 with the intent to discriminate against minorities. ...

The discriminatory intent claim is a key element in the still-pending voter ID case. If it is found that state lawmakers acted in that manner, the law could not only be struck down but it could open the door for a court to once again require Texas to seek federal approval when changing its elections laws.

Obama Administration, Groups Urge Supreme Court To Keep N.C. Voting Restrictions Off The Books
08/25/16 |
Publication Date: 
Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 14:00
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The Obama administration countered on Thursday that “once an electoral law has been found to be racially discriminatory, and injunctive relief has been found to be necessary to remedy that discrimination, the normal rule is that the operation of the law must be suspended. Failing to follow that general rule here would inflict irreparable injury on minority voters.”

Highlighting the “[s]eventeen days” it took for McCrory to file the request at the Supreme Court, the plaintiffs, in their brief, adding, “But in the nearly four weeks that have now passed since the Fourth Circuit’s decision, the State has already taken a number of critical remedial steps to implement the Fourth Circuit’s decision.”

The request, directed to Chief Justice John Roberts as the circuit justice for the 4th Circuit, likely will now be considered by the full court. The court gives no timeline as to when it will issue a ruling on the request.

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