Austin City Council members Thursday declared their opposition to Texas’ recently revived voter-identification law and decided to sign onto lawsuits challenging the photo-ID requirements.
Noting that the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to strike down portions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 cleared the way for the voter-ID law, a unanimous council directed the city’s lawyers to look into joining a lawsuit already filed U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Fort Worth, as well as any challenges to the voter law by the U.S. Department of Justice.
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The new law
Voters now mush show one of these forms of photo identification when voting in person (except for the citizenship certificate, all must be current or no more than 60 days expired): Texas driver license, Texas election identification certificate issued by the Department of Public Safety, Texas personal identification card, Texas concealed handgun license, U.S. military ID card containing the person’s photograph, U.S. citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph, U.S. passport.