SCOTUS: North Carolina voter I.D. ruling left to lower courts

SCOTUS: North Carolina voter I.D. ruling left to lower courts

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Voter I.D. laws in North Carolina and Texas took a hit after the the Supreme Court passed on hearing an appeal to a lower court decision made in 2016. 

With the SCOTUS rejecting the appeal, Texas Tech Political Science Professor Seth McKee said it could spell trouble for voter I.D. laws around the country.

"The lower courts, as far as I know, have not been kind to what North Carolina did in a law in 2013 in terms of cutting back on a lot of things such as early voting and more restrictive voter I.D. law," McKee said. 

That decision led to Texas stripping key provisions from its voter I.D. law.

Now the legislature is debating SB 5 by Houston Senator Joan Huffman. It is similar to the fixes put in place for the 2016 elections.

Curtis Parrish, FOX34 Legal Analyst, said, "Senate Bill 5, which is currently being debated in the House and the Senate, is designed to fix those problems that the court has. This new provision, should it become law, it would say, you can go ahead and vote. You would sign an affidavit saying this is the reason why I don't have a valid i.d. and then you'll still be able to vote."

The seven forms of accepted I.D. include a state drivers license, a U.S. passport, birth certificate and a current utility bill or any other document that shows the voters name and physical address.

Parrish said if passed, SB 5 should put Texas in line with what other states have implemented.

"Other laws like this have been enacted all over the country," Parrish said. "I think there are all but five or six states that don't use some sort of a voter I.D. law in order to vote. Hopefully, Senate Bill 5 will correct some of the problems the District Court judges has and certainly with the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals have."

The legislation is currently in the House Calendars Committee where it awaits a date on the floor.

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