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Legal center asks SCOTUS to block Texas voter ID law

Greg Nash

An advocacy group has asked the Supreme Court to temporarily block a Texas voter identification law from being enforced during the 2016 general election.

{mosads}The Campaign Legal Center said a D.C. district court, a Texas district court and a three-judge panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit have all ruled that the law discriminates against minority voters.

Earlier this month, however, the Fifth Circuit granted a Texas request to revisit the case with the court’s full bench and a court panel stayed the lower court order blocking the law.

Now The Campaign Legal Center fears there may not be a final decision in the case in time to stop the law from being enforced during 2016 fall elections.

“Why should a law — which has already been found by seven federal judges to violate Texans’ voting rights — keep even one voter from participating in the 2016 presidential election?” Gerry Hebert, the group’s executive director, said in a news release.

“All we are asking is that while we wait for a final ruling in this case, voters are not prevented from participating in our democracy.”

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