While the Fifth Circuit ruling found that the Texas law violated Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act in having a discriminatory effect, it did not strike down the law in its entirety. Instead, it ordered the district judge to reweigh evidence that lawmakers acted with intent to discriminate racially. On this question, the appellate majority noted the Legislature’s “cloak of ballot integrity could be hiding a more invidious purpose.” Should the district judge come back with a convincing finding of intent to discriminate, that could once again make Texas subject to federal oversight for any changes in its voting rules.
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