DALLAS – Today the conservative 5th Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated Greg Abbott's discriminatory photo Voter ID Law. Just last week a federal judge ruled it was a “poll tax” created with discriminatory intent. The Dallas County Democratic Party awaits another Abbott loss with an appeal to the Supreme Court.
Despite claims to the contrary, photo Voter ID comes at a high cost. Voters must take time off work, travel and pay for the legal documents that are prerequisites to obtaining the state’s “free” photo Voter ID. Birth certificates can cost between $8 and $25. Marriage licenses, required for married women whose birth certificates include a maiden name, can cost between $8 and $20. To compare, in today’s dollars, the notorious poll tax would be $10.64.
Dallas County Democratic Party Chair Darlene Ewing released the following statement:
“Represented by Greg Abbott, the State of Texas has recently lost court cases dealing with everything from public school funding to reproductive rights and photo Voter ID.
Based on the Supreme Court’s prior ruling in the Wisconsin photo Voter ID case last week, we are hopeful they will act quickly to protect Texans in the same way and block Republican attempts to disenfranchise voters."