NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - Today, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed a district court's finding that Senate Bill 14 of the 82nd Regular Session, the "Voter ID" legislation, violates the Voting Rights Act through its discriminatory effects. The Court also remanded the case back to the district court for reconsideration of the plaintiffs' discriminatory purpose claims and for a decision on the remedy to the Section 2 violation.
"Today's ruling is a huge victory for all Texans and their fundamental right to vote. While the Fifth Circuit's opinion focuses on Voter ID's discriminatory effects on minorities, it is important to note that Texans from all walks of life have been disenfranchised by Voter ID's burdensome and confusing requirements. Even one citizen being denied their rights is too many."
"No citizen should be prevented from participating in our democratic process, especially on the basis of race. I hope that the courts will eventually strike down Voter ID completely, and I will keep fighting in the Legislature for laws that treat all Texans equally."