AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A Democratic congressman has joined seven others in filing a federal lawsuit to keep Texas from enforcing its voter ID law.
U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey of Fort Worth filed the papers Wednesday in Corpus Christi, calling the requirement to show a state-issued photo ID card at the ballot box unconstitutional.
The lawsuit lodged comes just one day after the U.S. Supreme Court declared a section of the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional. That decision overthrew a decision by federal judges in Washington that Texas could not enforce the voter ID law.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott announced hours later that he would enforce it, even though the Washington court said it discriminated against minorities. The Veasey suit uses the same evidence and asks the Corpus Christi court to block it.