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Federal Judge’s Ruling Smashes Back At Texas Voter ID Law

August 24, 2017

From Texas–but this will resonate around the nation.

Over and over on this blog I have hammered at the many reasons voter ID laws are not needed, and are discriminatory.   Therefore when I read a ruling that pounds on the same points as I have cared about means it is a good day for reasonableness.  A proud shout out to U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos of Corpus Christi!

A federal judge struck down Texas’ controversial voter identification law Wednesday, ruling that it illegally discriminated against Latinos and African Americans. The decision also raised the possibility that the federal government would start overseeing the state’s voting procedures.

U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos of Corpus Christi said the state’s attempts to require voters to present certain forms of identification at polling places — ostensibly to curtail voter fraud — were meant to discriminate against minorities and violated the Constitution and the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

The law, which laid out some of the most restrictive voting rules in the nation, was a revamped version of a 2011 measure that Ramos twice rejected for similar reasons.

The decision Wednesday was hailed by civil rights advocates, who had alleged that the rules were part a broad effort in Republican-controlled states to disenfranchise Latino and African American voters that tend to lean Democratic. Those voters are less likely to have the forms of identification that the law required.

“The judge’s opinion just goes to show that you can’t put a dress on a pig, take it to the ball, and claim that your date is Cinderella,” said Gary Bledsoe, the president of the Texas NAACP, which helped represent the plaintiffs.

Kristen Clarke, president of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, which also joined the lawsuit, said Ramos’ “decision recognizes that a state cannot escape the consequences of its pernicious conduct without completely eliminating all vestiges of discrimination.”

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