The lone start states voter ID law was recently ruled unconstitutional by a 5th circuit court. The court ruled that the Texas voter ID law passed in 2011 had a discriminatory impact on Texas voters. However, the recent ruling won't change the fact that Texans will still need a state approved ID to vote at the ballot box.
Wichita County Clerk Lori Bohannon said that in the 10 plus years serving Wichita the county has never had any problems with voters being unable to cast a ballot.
"I really don't know if showing your ID has any outcome on how the votes are counted or anything like that. The way I look at it you have to show your ID for everything if you write a check if you use a credit card and all that," said Bohannon.
If you do not have a proper state approved voter ID the Texas Department of Public Safety is able to issue an identification certificate. However, Wichita County Democratic Chair John Richie said that the Texas DPS is not a viable option. Richie said that the recent ruling highlights problems that voters faced when trying to obtain a voter ID certificate.
"There were issues in various areas that were held and they were called to task why when someone would come in to get a state ID because they did not offer the paper work for that. Why weren't they offered that from the beginning? My own grandmother went to get her drivers license renewed unfortunately she could not do that anymore, but at no time did they offer her the voter ID option. So we see these issues in Wichita County," said Richie.
The state could ask that the 5th Circuit rehear the case "en banc," which means with the entire court present as opposed to a three-judge panel. Or it could appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Jack Carney, Newschannel6