Rulings may make voter ID laws presidential race nonfactors


AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Federal courts have reined in strict voter ID laws in Texas and Wisconsin, while a legal battle in North Carolina continues to rage over its election rules.

The rulings likely won’t sway Texas’ or Wisconsin’s presidential race outcomes — and exactly where potential swing-state North Carolina will end up is unclear.

But it does appear that voter ID laws approved in conservative statehouses with much fanfare may prove unenforceable during the upcoming presidential election.

Texas has been ordered to work with a court to find ways for residents to vote in November, even if they don’t have an ID considered valid under state law.

In Wisconsin, people who can’t obtain IDs will still be able to vote in the presidential election if they sign an affidavit explaining why they couldn’t.

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