Texas to Implement Voter ID Law and Redistricting Maps

June 25th, 2013

These laws were halted by Section 5 last year. Now, with the coverage formulas out, Texas is free to proceed. Greg Abbott issued what was no doubt a statement prepared in anticipation of this decision:

With today’s decision, the State’s voter ID law will take effect immediately. Redistricting maps passed by the Legislature may also take effect without approval from the federal government

Opponents will now need to build a case under Section 2, which may take a while (though in this case, so much evidence has already been gathered, it may be easier than usual).

Laughlin McDonald of the ACLU, on a call with reporters, conceded that Texas has “a very strong argument” that in light of today’s Supreme Court decision, it can implement the Voter ID law and other laws that previously required federal approval

We’ll see how willing courts are to grant injunctive relief under Section 2.