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>> A US federal judge Monday ruling a Texas law requiring voters to show identification before casting their ballots, intentionally discriminate against black and Hispanic voters. The ruling Monday coming after after an appeals court last year found the 2011 law was enacted to discriminate against minorities. In January, the Supreme Court declined to hear the case.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton Jr saying it was a common sense law to prevent voter fraud. Opponents argue the voter ID law, one of the toughest in the country, is nothing more than a plan hatched by Republicans to keep voters who typically vote Democrat from the polls. They say it hits elderly and poor voters, including minorities, hardest because they are less likely to have identification.
The judge did not say if she'll order the state's election procedures to be put back under federal oversight. Texas officials are expected to appeal the case.