- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 5, 2015

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton says the state’s voter ID law “remains in effect” despite a federal appeals court ruling that it violates the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

The New Orleans-based 5th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday found that the 2011 law had a “discriminatory” effect on minorities. But it rejected a previous district court ruling likening the law to an unconstitutional “poll tax” and remanded the case back to the lower court.

The law requires voters to show one of seven forms of state-approved ID.

Opponents cheered the ruling. But Paxton, in a statement, called it “a victory on the fundamental question of Texas’ right to protect the integrity of our elections.”

He said Texas has held three elections under the law with “no disenfranchisement reported.”


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