As reported in a previous blog entry, federal judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos (right) struck down the Texas Voter ID law, soon before the election (how convenient). See Texas Voter ID And The Rule Of Unelected (But Not Unimpeachable) Judges .
The good news is that the latest decision allows Texas to use its Voter ID law in the November election. That's good in the short run, but since the judicial reverse is simply a stay, who knows what will happen to it after the election.
And the underlying problem of out-of-control federal judges is not being dealt with, certainly not by our Congress.
Anyway, here's the short-term good news:
Texas' voter ID law may remain in place when early voting begins next week, the 5 U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Tuesday [October 14], setting up a potential appeal to the Supreme Court.
A three-judge panel of new Orleans-based court announced Tuesday afternoon that it had issued a stay of a Corpus Christi federal court's ruling that likened the law to a "poll tax" and deemed it unconstitutional. The Texas Attorney General's office appealed the ruling to the 5th Circuit, but also asked for an emergency stay so the law implemented in 2013 could remain in place for next month's election.
"In light of the importance of maintaining the status quo on the eve of an election, we find that the traditional factors for granting a stay favor granting one here," the court wrote. The plaintiffs opposing the strict law likely will appeal the stay to the full court, to the Supreme Court, or both benches simultaneously.
Appeals court OK's Voter ID in next month's election, ByTheodore Schliefer, San Antonio Express-News, October 14, 2014.