What Will DC Court Do in Texas Voter ID Case?

Texas has now filed its reply brief in the DC Court, reaching the question whether section 5 of the Voting Rights Act is unconstitutional as exceeding congressional power.  The issue is now before the Supreme Court in the Shelby County case.  The district court could hold for the Supreme Court’s decision in that case, or decide the issue, allowing Texas to take this issue to the Supreme Court while Shelby County  is pending.

One interesting question debated in the briefs is whether the three-judge DC court is bound by the Shelby County precedent.

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