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Struck Down: Appeals Court Votes Down Voter ID Law

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AUSTIN--An appeals court threw out the Texas voter ID law.

But it's not that simple.

The court ruled that, yeah, the law does violate Section Two of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

That's the act that President Johnson signed 50 years ago today, saying, "However viewed, the denial of the right to vote is still a deadly wrong."

Section Two prohibits voting practices or procedures that discriminate on the basis of race, color or language.

"All other rights hinge on being able to vote," Dallas NAACP President Emeritus Juanita Wallace said. "If you're not able to vote, then you cannot affect your life, your quality of living. And that's what's very important for everyone."

But the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals also ruled the law is not a poll tax, and was not passed with the intent to discriminate.

"If you don't have a mechanism to catch people who claim they're someone that they're not, there's no way you're gonna know how widespread voter fraud is," Dallas County Republican Chairman Wade Emmert said.

The court didn't stop there, saying you can't just throw out this law without coming up with another way to prevent voter fraud.

That means this case will probably spend a lot more time in court 'til someone finds a way to prevent fraud and still live up to LBJ's mission.

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