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US Election Updates - August 31, 2012

U.S. federal court rejects Texas voter ID law

A U.S. federal court on Thursday rejected a Texas law requiring voters to show photo identification before voting, arguing it would hamper minorities from being able to cast their ballots in the November 6 presidential election.

Evidence showed the law would mainly affect African Americans and Hispanics, who are more likely to live in poverty.

Those without the documents needed to obtain ID would have to buy them, a fee that equates to an illegal poll tax according to the U.S. government.

Texas' attorney general has vowed to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The state’s voter ID law, signed by Governor Rick Perry last year, is part of a move to increase identification measures across the United States and has largely been driven by Republican-controlled states.

Republicans claim they are targeting voter fraud, while the Democrats, with support from several studies, say voter fraud is almost non-existent.

The ruling means the new law will unlikely come into effect for the November polls.