Texas ID Law Ruled to Violate Voting Rights Act
August 06, 2015
A federal appeals panel ruled Wednesday that a strict voter identification law in Texas discriminated against blacks and Hispanics and violated the Voting Rights Act.
• A federal appeals panel ruled Wednesday that a strict voter identification law in Texas discriminated against blacks and Hispanics and violated the Voting Rights Act. The case is one of a few across the country that are being closely watched in legal circles after a 2013 Supreme Court decision that blocked the voting act’s most potent enforcement tool, namely federal oversight of election laws in numerous states with histories of racial discrimination. The Texas ID law is one of the strictest of its kind in the country, requiring voters to bring a government-issued photo ID to the polls. [NYTimes]
Economic Indicators & News
• Jobless claims remain low, as 270,000 initial claims were filed in the week that ended on August 1st. Continuing claims were also very low, down 14,000 in the July 25 week. All the readings are at or near historic lows or multi-year lows and have been unusually low since March, offering highly favorable indications on the unemployment side of the labor market. [Bloomberg]