TX Voter ID Law Back to 5th Circuit

One more time.

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans has listened Tuesday to the State’s request for another hearing on the struck down Texas Voter ID law.

“We think it’s obviously clear–the evidence is overwhelming” Texas NAACP President Gary Bledsoe told KTSA News, confident the panel will not order another hearing–after allowing a lower court’s ruling striking the law down to stand.

A ruling could take some time.

“We’re hoping there might be some chance of a decision before the November election” Bledsoe said, admitting this week’s proceedings probably won’t bring the matter to a close.

“I don’t think (the law) will be completely erased” Bledsoe said, adding “The State of Texas has told us even if they lose, they will appeal the case to the Supreme Court.”

If and when the case does go before the Justices, Bledsoe is still hopeful.

“We feel as though we have a chance at the Supreme Court without regard to whether Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton or President Obama appoints the ninth person on the panel” Bledsoe said.

Full Interview with Gary Bledsoe

Following the hearing, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton released the following statement:

“Safeguarding the integrity of our elections process is essential to preserving our democracy, and our common-sense law provides simple protections to ensure our elections accurately reflect the will of the voters of Texas.”

 

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