- How does latest federal ruling affect Texas' voter ID law? Updated: Aug-05-15 6:42 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - A federal appeals court declared Wednesday that Texas' strict 2011 voter ID law has a "discriminatory effect" on minorities and violates the Voting Rights Act. But the three-judge panel's unanimous, 49-page decision also overturned a lower court's previous assertion that the law amounted to an unconstitutional "poll tax." Here's a closer look at the ruling, the law and where the case stands now.