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A federal appeals court recently stayed a lower court ruling, granting Texas the ability to implement a controversial voter ID law. Voting rights activists claim voter ID laws use "Jim Crow-era tactics" to make it more difficult for minorities to vote. But supporters claim the laws are necessary to prevent voter fraud. What do you think? 🎫

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A federal appeals court granted Texas the ability to reinstate a strict voter ID measure while the court assesses the constitutionality of the law. Proponents of voter ID laws, such as President Donald Trump's Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, argue requiring voter identification is a common sense solution to preventing voter fraud and protect the legitimacy of U.S. elections.

The Department of Justice released a statement supporting the ruling, citing the importance of maintaining the "integrity of the ballot."

"We are pleased that the Fifth Circuit has stayed the injunction and allowed Texas to proceed with its duly enacted voter identification laws. Preserving the integrity of the ballot is vital to our democracy, and the Fifth Circuit’s order allows Texas to continue to fulfill that duty as this case moves forward."
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But civil rights activists assert that voter fraud is extremely rare and not everyone has a government issued ID. More than anything, the purpose of voter ID laws is to disenfranchise low-income and minority voters. 

Although voter ID laws are commonly justified as a measure to combat voter fraud at the polls, such fraud barely exists. Yet, as the Fifth Circuit explained, the law’s impact on minority voters is quite real. As one expert witness testified, “Hispanic registered voters and Black registered voters were respectively 195% and 305% more likely than their Anglo peers to lack voter ID.”
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Many still question why individuals should be allowed to vote without proper identification.

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While others contend that voter fraud is a myth and voter ID laws are nothing more than discriminatory.

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Does the U.S. need stricter voter ID laws?
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