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Lawsuit Seeks to Void Texas Voter I.D. Law

Lawsuit Seeks to Void Texas Voter I.D. Law

  In a federal lawsuit filed in Corpus Christi, two civil rights groups are asking the courts to again declare the Texas Voter I.D. law unconstitutional, 1200 WOAI news reports.

 

  The Mexican American Legislative Caucus and the NAACP claim that Voter I.D. is intentionally racist and discriminatory.

 

  They were "enacted with a racially discriminatory purpose in violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act and the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the United states Constitution to impose substantial and unjustified burdens on the fundamental right to vote," the lawsuit claims.

 

  The voter I.D. law which was passed by the Legislature in 2011, was already blocked under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, but was immediately re-implemented after that Section was thrown out by the U.S. Supreme Court in June.

 

  "The right to vote is the cornerstone of our democracy," State Representative Trey Martinez Fischer (D-San Antonio) who is the chair of the MALC, told 1200 WAOI news. "unfortunately, we continue to find ourselves in federal court defending this most basic right against Texas' leadership."

 

  The Obama Administration has also asked a federal court to utilize remaining sections of the Voting Rights Act to block Voter I.D., which is set to be used in this fall's municipal elections.

 

  "As we all know, Texas has a voter identification law that has already been ruled to be discriminatory by a bipartisan three judge panel in Washington DC, Texas NAACP President Gary Bledsoe said.  "It is only by a technicality that the law may now be implemented.  But this law is designed and intended not to counteract nearly non existent voter fraud, but instead to disenfranchise minority voters in order to continue anti-minority dominance by drastically reducing the number of minority votes cast in each election."

 

  In reality, a Voter I.D. law which is almost identical to the one in Texas has been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, and the State of Indiana has used that law for two presidential elections, which no indication of any minority rights being suppressed.

 

  "At the time when elections are conducted in Texas, Latino and African-American citizens are, and will be, substantially less likely than white citizens to be able to present the photo identification required because Latino and African-American citizens are substantially less likely to possess that photo identification at the time the elections are conducted," the lawsuit claims.  "Thousands of Texas citizens are eligible and qualified to vote, but currently lack the forms of photo identification required by SB 14 for voting in person on Election Day or early voting."

 

 

 

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