Texas asks appeals court to uphold voter photo ID law

Created: 04/28/2015 9:53 AM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Supporters and opponents of a Texas law requiring specific forms of photo identification for voters faced close questioning in a federal appeals court on whether the law was meant to discriminate against minorities.

Questions Tuesday from a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals also raised issues of how best to remedy any flaws in the law. One panel member noted that the Texas Legislature is in session and has several bills that could broaden the available types of voter ID.

Texas officials asked the court to undo a federal judge's ruling striking the law.

The U.S. Justice Department and others want the judge's decision upheld. Texas says the law does not cause an unconstitutional burden on minorities.

The panel gave no indication when it would rule.

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