A split panel of the federal 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the state’s revised Voter ID law can take effect, reversing a lower court’s ruling that had invalidated it.

“Because the district court’s permanent injunction and order for further relief abused its discretion, we reverse and render,” Circuit Judge Edith Jones wrote for the majority.

In August, U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos ruled that revisions made by the Legislature in 2017 (Senate Bill 5) did not cure the discriminatory effect of the original law (Senate Bill 14, passed in 2011). The revisions incorporated a process by which voters who lacked all required forms of photo identification could still cast ballots after signing a declaration of reasonable impediment.

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