Texas will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to overrule a lower-court ruling that found the state’s strict voter ID law to be discriminatory, a spokesman for Attorney General Ken Paxton said Tuesday.

In the meantime, Texas will be operating under loosened voter identification rules for the November general election after the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last month that the Republican-backed voter ID law, enacted in 2011, discriminated against minority voters.

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Texas will appeal that ruling “to protect the integrity of voting in the state of Texas,” Paxton spokesman Marc Rylander said, offering no timetable for filing the appeal.

Under interim rules for the Nov. 8 election, Texans without a government-issued photo ID can show a voter registration certificate, birth certificate, current utility bill, bank statement, government check or any other government document that includes a registered voter’s name and address. Expired driver’s licenses also will be allowed if they are less than four years past the expiration date.

Voters who present alternative IDs will have to sign a declaration indicating why they couldn’t acquire a government ID, such as a lack of transportation, disability, illness, work schedule or theft.

Those who have a government-issued ID still must show it to cast a ballot.


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