Federal Court Blocks Texas Voter I.D. Law on Grounds It Violates Voting Rights Act
The Texas law, adopted in 2011, requires that voters show one of six forms of I.D. before being allowed to vote.
The court found that the law would “fall most heavily on the poor and that a disproportionately high percentage of African-Americans and Hispanics in Texas live in poverty.”
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said he will appeal the decision to the Supreme Court.
“Today’s decision is wrong on the law and improperly prevents Texas from implementing the same type of ballot integrity safeguards that are employed by Georgia and Indiana, and were upheld by the Supreme Court,” he said.
Although Georgia does have the same law, that state has made an effort to get everyone an I.D. Texas has made no such effort. This accounts for why the Justice Department can intervene in some states and not others. In cases where the Justice Department has gotten involved based on a Section 5 violation, it has been largely successful.
This is the second blow for Texas in less than a week since earlier in the week, a different panel of the same court rejected Texas’ redistricting maps, saying they discriminated against blacks and Hispanics. Now Texas will be forced to use interim maps drawn up by a San Antonio federal court for the November 6 elections.
Luis Vera, an attorney for the League of United Latin American Citizens, called the ruling “better late than never” and a win for minority rights groups.
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