The future of Wisconsin’s photo ID law for voting could hinge on a case from Texas that’s headed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Thursday, a three-judge federal court panel in Washington threw out the Texas voter ID law that Republicans passed a year ago. The judges said the law imposes, “strict, unforgiving burdens on the poor.” And the court said minorities would be hurt the most, because they’re more likely to live in poverty. Appellate judge David Tatel said the Texas law imposes a heavier burden on voters than similar laws in Indiana and Georgia, because many voters would have to pay for documents they need to get the proper ID’s.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott promised an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, and he said the state was confident it would prevail. The justices previously upheld the Indiana law, and the U.S. Justice Department allowed Georgia’s law to take effect after reviewing it.
As in Wisconsin, Republicans said the Texas law would prevent voter fraud. But Democrats said they found a clear motive to discriminate against minorities. Meanwhile, Wisconsin’s voter ID law remains in limbo, as two state appellate courts continue to review it.