Texas voter ID law can go into effect

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Texas will be allowed to enforce its voter ID law in the upcoming elections, a federal appeals court has ruled.

In the 2-1 decision, a panel of the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans overturned a lower court ruling that had blocked the law last year after concluding the state acted with intent to discriminate against minorities.

Friday’s ruling is a major victory for Texas officials who have defended state-level voter ID laws against legal challenge for years.

Senate Bill 14, which passed in 2011 and went into effect in 2013, required voters to present government-issued photo IDs, such as a state driver’s license, a Texas election identification certificate, a US passport or a military identification card.

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