Texas to appeal voter ID ruling to Supreme Court

 Texas to appeal voter ID ruling to Supreme Court
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Texas will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to keep the state’s controversial voter identification law in place, three weeks after an appeals court found that the law violated the Voting Rights Act. 

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office said on Tuesday that it would appeal the July 20 ruling by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. 

“To protect the integrity of voting in the state of Texas, our office will appeal the Voter ID ruling of the Fifth Circuit to the United States Supreme Court,” Paxton’s communications director, Marc Rylander, said in a statement. 

The appeals court ruling that put Texas’s voter identification law on ice directed the state and voting-rights advocates who challenged the law to come up with a compromise. A U.S. District Court judge approved an agreement last week that would allow voters without identifications to cast ballots if they signed a declaration of citizenship and provided proof that they lived in Texas. 

The negotiations between the state and voting-rights groups seemed to hint that Texas would live with the deal and not appeal to the highest court. Voting-rights groups criticized Texas for reversing course on Tuesday.

“[Gov.] Greg Abbott, Ken Paxton and other Texas Republicans are terrified by the prospect that every Texan who can vote might vote, so it’s no surprise that they will spend more Texans’ tax dollars to defend a discriminatory law,” said Matt Angle, who runs the Democrat-backing Lone Star Project. 

The Texas appeal comes just hours after North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) said he would appeal a 4th Circuit Court decision overturning major parts of his state’s landmark 2013 election reform law. McCrory’s office said Monday that he would ask the Supreme Court for a temporary stay and allow the law to remain in place as North Carolina mounts its appeal.