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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                          Contact: Sara Gonzalez
October 9, 2014                                                                                     

(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.