Less than a week after a judge tossed Texas’ voter identification law, the state is asking permission to keep the requirements in place for a handful of upcoming elections in which early voting had already been underway. Attorney General Ken Paxton, who has already pledged to appeal the court’s ruling, said changes at this stage could create voter confusion. Denton Independent School District and the city of Southlake were in the middle of early voting for Sept. 9 elections when U.S. District Court Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos of Corpus Christi struck down the law Wednesday. In roughly a dozen more cities and school districts, early voting for an Aug. 26 election had ended before the ruling came out.
Plaintiffs in the lawsuit over the law, including the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, said they would agree to a stay but only for the Aug. 26 and Sept. 9 elections, not the upcoming statewide election Nov. 7, when Texans will vote on several constitutional amendments.
For now, it remains unclear which voter ID requirements will be in place for that election.