August 23, 2017/Media, Press

Breaking: U.S. judge tosses out discriminatory Republican voter ID law

Austin, TX — U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos of Corpus Christi has “tossed out the Texas voter ID law, granting a permanent injunction barring Texas from enforcing the original 2011 law as well as a version with looser restrictions that was signed into law this summer.” [Statesman, August 23, 2017]

The court ruled that Republicans violated the Voting Rights Act and the U.S. Constitution because, they “enacted [voter ID] with discriminatory intent — knowingly placing additional burdens on a disproportionate number of Hispanic and African-American voters.” [Statesman, August 23, 2017]

Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:

“Jim Crow-era tactics have kept Texas Republicans in power. From discriminatory gerrymandering to discriminatory voter ID laws, it has become entirely clear that Texas Republicans are rigging our election system.

“Republicans have done everything in their power to steal Texans’ right to the ballot box. It’s wrong, and a federal court has now confirmed it’s a violation of the U.S. Constitution and the Voting Rights Act.”

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“Jim Crow-era tactics have kept Texas Republicans in power. From discriminatory gerrymandering to discriminatory voter ID laws, it has become entirely clear that Texas Republicans are rigging our election system.

Gilberto Hinojosa, Texas Democratic Party Chair