Posted May 08, 2019 04:38:09 A federal court in Portland has blocked the state from enforcing a federal law requiring a voter’s photo ID to vote.
U.S. District Judge Matthew F. Hovland ruled Thursday that the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has violated federal law.
In a ruling that will likely spark a constitutional showdown, Hovling said that the DOT was required to provide the state with photo identification when it made the change in June 2017.
The DOT has argued that the change was necessary because of the number of African-Americans and other minorities who lack acceptable photo IDs, which make it more difficult for them to vote in state elections.
The DOT has also argued that it would have taken several years to make the change, which was not implemented until March 2020.
The ruling comes after the Obama administration challenged the decision in February, saying that it violated the 1965 Voting Rights and Civil Rights Act.