FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Sara Gonzalez
October 9, 2014 firstname.lastname@example.org
(Austin, TX) - Today, Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos struck down the Texas Voter Identification law. In her ruling, she compared the law to Jim Crow-era policies that aimed to keep minorities from voting. The Texas Voter ID law requires voters to show a photo ID in order to be able to cast a ballot.
"Voter ID laws have proven to suppress voter turn out by creating an undue burden on those wishing to exercise their fundamental right to vote. I am pleased the courts have taken this step to rectify a policy that silences the voices of so many."
"As American citizens, we have a right and a responsibility to vote; and as policy makers, we have a right and a responsibility to ensure we protect that right for all citizens. The voter ID law does not reduce voter fraud; it simply chips away at what makes this country a democracy."
State Senator Garcia was sworn into office on March 11, 2013. Senator Garcia represents District 6 and previously held office as Houston City Controller from 1998-2002 and County Commissioner from 2002 - 2010.