A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit unanimously ruled that Texas’ voter ID law, passed in 2011, violates the Voting Rights Act because it is discriminatory. The Fifth Circuit panel also, however, in the same ruling, reversed a lower court and determined that the voter ID law did not impose a poll tax, as civil rights plaintiffs had alleged.

Known as SB-14, the voter ID law required voters to show a government-issued photo ID at polling places before casting their ballots.

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