Prediction: Voter I.D. will survive

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

An appeals court will now decide if Texas's voter ID law will remain in place now that the Supreme Court refused to stop it from being enforced.   

voter ID being shown 620x300The full New Orleans-based 5th Circuit appeals court will hold a new hearing on the Texas law in May.

Last week, the Supreme Court rejected an emergency appeal to stop Texas from enforcing its challenged voter ID law. But the court said it could revisit the issue as the November elections approach.

The challengers in the ongoing lawsuit argue there is no reason to allow the requirement to show picture identification at the polls to remain in place.

Hans von Spakovsky, senior legal fellow at The Heritage Foundation, says he's optimistic the law will survive legal challenges.  

von Spakovsky, Hans (Heritage)"Particularly because, since the law has been in place, turnout has actually gone up in Texas," he says. "And that's the exact opposite of what all the critics said would happen."

He recalls that a 2008 decision by the high court upheld Indiana's photo ID law.

Robert Knight, who is a senior fellow at the American Civil Rights Union, says there is no evidence that requiring photo ID somehow disenfranchises minority voters.  

"And to say so, I think, is a racist assertion that minority voters are unable to do what everybody else can, which is just get a photo ID," he says.

Regarding the Supreme Court's decision, Knight says he wishes the court had gone a little farther and put the issue to rest.

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