A divided Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, meeting en banc, ruled that the state’s “Voter ID” law violated Section 2 of the federal Voting Rights Act, affirming a previous ruling by a panel of its judges. However, the court did not invalidate the law. Instead, the court punted to a lower court to implement “an interim remedy for SB 14’s discriminatory effect that disrupts voter identification rules for the 2016 election season as little as possible, yet eliminates the Section 2 discriminatory effect violation.”
It is unclear what this remedy might look like, although such a solution was approved for Wisconsin on Tuesday. In that state, voters without required photo identification can cast ballots by affirming their identify on a sworn affidavit.
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