After a federal judge tossed out Texas' voter ID law Wednesday, Attorney General Ken Paxton asked the U.S. District Court to stay its permanent injunction against the law. He also notified the court that Texas will appeal the decision to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
The federal judge's decision grants a permanent injunction which bars Texas from enforcing the original 2011 law in addition to a law with looser restrictions that was signed recently.
The 2011 law required registered voters to present one of seven forms of government-issued photo identification before casting a ballot. Groups argued that the law violated the U.S. Voting Right Act by targeting low-income, Latino and African American voters.
"The outrageous voter ID ruling is an affront to the 5th Circuit and an example of one judge choosing to create the law based on their own preferences rather than apply the law justly and fairly," Paxton said. "The voting process in Texas demands the highest level of integrity. I’m confident the 5th Circuit will agree with the U.S. Department of Justice, which said it is satisfied the amended Texas voter ID law has no discriminatory purpose or effect."
In May, Texas passed a softened voter ID law that allowed people without an ID to cast a ballot by signing an affidavit.
Read the judge's decision here: