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Texas voter ID law revived in wake of Supreme Court ruling

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The controversial voter ID measure is now the law of the land in Texas after Tuesday's Supreme Court ruling that struck down part of the Voting Rights Act.

Nelson Linder and Marcelo Tafoya now have a brand new challenge to tackle.

"We're always disappointed because it's 2013," said Linder.

"It's a shock more than anything else," said Tafoya.

The advocates for the National Association for the Advancement of Color People and the League of United Latin American Citizens are figuring out how to get the elderly and the homebound, especially in rural areas, photo IDs, so they can vote.

Especially if the driver's license offices are far away because many of the elderly don't drive.

"The majority of the voters are elderly, older," said Tafoya.

The civil rights advocates say they will provide information and transportation. Linder is taking it one step further and coming up with a database of people without photo IDs.

"Obviously in smaller towns where you have a more static political process that could be a problem. We're prepared to go out to the small towns and make sure they understand they have an obligation to assist folks who can't afford the proper id," said Linder.

The Texas Department of Public Safety issued new forms at all the driver's license locations so those without photo IDs can apply for free. But proof of U.S. citizenship is required, like a birth certificate.

DPS started accepting applications Wednesday for election identification certificates. But as of early afternoon, no one has applied.

Senator Wendy Davis' marathon filibuster and the tens of thousands who supported and witnessed her effort under the dome served as inspiration for Tafoya. He says despite what the Supreme Court did, he will continue the fight against the voter ID law.

"Seeing so many, when you see the gallery full of people protesting and seeing the action of the Democrats uniting, in many cases they haven't, to me it seems like we do have an opportunity to really make change, " said Tafoya.

DPS says most Texans already have a photo ID in the form of a driver's license, concealed handgun license, a passport, or a military ID.

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