Federal Court Panel Rejects Texas Voter ID Law
Washington, DC, United States (4E) – Three judges of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia rejected Thursday a Texas voter ID law requiring voters to present photo IDs before voting.
Judges Rosemary Collyer, Robert Wilkins and David Tatel ruled against the law passed by the Republican legislature for being too stringent and burdensome to poor and racial minority voters.
The judges were not convinced by the evidences presented by Texas that Senate Bill 14 lacks retrogressive effect. They also found that the cost of obtaining the IDs required by the said law, such as a driver’s license, will burden poor African Americans and Hispanics in the state in the exercise of their reight to vote.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said he will appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court, which already upheld similar laws in Georgia and Indiana aimed at preventing voting fraud or impersonation.
The state legislature passed SB 14 into law in 2011 over objections from Latino groups. The Justice Department denied approval the new voting rules in line with the Voting Rights Act of 1965 citing it discriminates minority voters prompting the state to sue the department.
In July, Attorney General Eric Holder said “many Texas voters seeking to cast ballots would struggle to pay for the documents they might need to obtain the required photo ID,” according to Dallasnews.com.