Dallas Democrats Cheer Fifth Circuit Court Ruling Against Texas in Discriminatory Photo Voter ID Case (August 5, 2015)

DALLAS – Today the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Texas’ discriminatory photo Voter ID law violates the Voting Rights Act and sent the case back to a lower court for further review. 

In 2012, The Houston Chronicle estimated as many as 2.3 million registered voters lack driver licenses or state-issued photo IDs - including up to 220, 646 voters in Dallas County alone. 

Dallas County Democratic Party Chair Carol Donovan issued the following statement:

“Republican elected officials purposefully made it harder for Texans to vote, knowing minorities, students, and women would be most impacted by this discriminatory law.” 

“Texas has the lowest voter turnout in the nation. Republican lawmakers should defend sacred voting rights, but instead they keep out voters less inclined to vote for them. We cheer today’s ruling as a victory for all Texans and will continue to closely follow the case.” 

“Tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. How timely for us to celebrate the VRA, and the Democratic lawmakers, including North Texas Congressman Marc Veasey, who took up the fight against this terrible law.”