SB 14 was enacted with a racially discriminatory purpose, has a racially discriminatory effect and unconstitutionally burdens the right to vote.
Texas' voter ID law was deemed discriminatory today by the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals for violating the Voting Rights Act and racially discriminating against black and Hispanic voters. The law has not been entirely struck down but must change before election day this fall.
The 2011 voter ID law required voters to present identification from a specified list. If they didn't have it, they couldn't' vote. Texas was one of nine states with a labeled "strict" ID law and had one of the shortest lists of acceptable IDs.
According to a 2014 opinion by Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos of the Southern District of Texas, over 600,000 registered voters in Texas couldn't qualify to vote under the law because they didn't have one of the five government-issued IDs. African-Americans were three times and Hispanics twice as likely as whites to not have these forms of ID.
Some praised the decision.
Others were miffed by it.
It is unfortunate that this common-sense law, providing protections against fraud, was not upheld in its entirety.
While Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton released a statement on Wednesday criticizing the ruling.