Three Judge Panel of Fifth Circuit Upholds The Rule of Law [and Open Thread]

Score one for the Rule of Law.

Appeals court, 2-1, gives Texas OK to use new voter ID law

A divided federal appeals court has stayed a lower judge’s ruling barring Texas from implementing a revised version of its voter identification law.

By JOSH GERSTEIN, POLITICO

A panel of the New Orleans-based 5th Circuit Court of Appeals voted, 2-1, to allow Texas to use the revised voter ID measure known as SB 5 for this November’s elections.

“The State has made a strong showing that it is likely to succeed on the merits. SB 5 allows voters without qualifying photo ID to cast regular ballots by executing a declaration that they face a reasonable impediment to obtaining qualifying photo ID. This declaration is made under the penalty of perjury,” Judges Jerry Smith and Jennifer Elrod wrote in a joint order Tuesday. “The State has made a strong showing that this reasonable-impediment procedure remedies plaintiffs’ alleged harm and thus forecloses plaintiffs’ injunctive relief.”

Hat Tip: Warner Todd Huston via G+

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