SVREP APPLAUDS THE FIFTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS RULING THAT TEXAS VOTER ID LAW VIOLATES SEC. 2 OF THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT

SVREP CALLS ON CONGRESS TO RECOVER SECTION 4 OF VOTING RIGHTS ACT

(San Antonio, Texas, August 6) Southwest Voter Registration applauds the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals opinion that the Texas Voter ID law violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.

"We are thrilled that the Fifth Circuit agreed with the ruling in our case by the Washington DC Federal court in 2012. SVREP sued Texas and worked to stop SB14 from becoming law because of its grave violation of the voting rights for Latino, black and other ethnic voters. The courts affirms that the Texas Voter ID law is invalid and cannot be in effect. This is a big victory for Texas voters," said Antonio Gonzalez, SVREP President.

In 2012, SVREP and other voting rights advocates, including to two sisters who registered to vote however lacked acceptable ID under the Texas law sued the State of Texas to block the voter ID from taking effect. Our legal case proved that the Texas voter ID law discriminated against Latinos and Black voters. Lydia Camarillo, SVREP Vice President, provided testimony before the Washington DC federal court. With MALDEF’s legal representation, SVREP won.

"We call on Congress to reinstate Section 4 and 5 of the Voting Rights Act on the 50th Anniversary of the passage of the Voting Rights Act. Hundreds have fought and died for the right to vote. Our responsibility is to sustain the legacy of our right to vote – every person with the right to vote must have their vote honored and counted. Yesterday’s ruling, reaffirms our position that the Texas Voter ID law violates with intent to deny the right to vote for Latino and Black voters," said Lydia Camarillo, SVREP Vice President.

The United States Supreme Court ruling, Shelby County, Ala v. Holder, abolished, Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, therefore nullifying Section 5, a key provision which required states to have preclearance from the Department of Justice (DOJ) for any voting change. The Texas voter ID require was reinstated in 2012.

The Fifth Circuit District Court agreed with the Washington D.C. Federal Court’s ruling on the Voter ID Law’s “discriminatory effect” against Latinos and African-Americans, they did not agree that the plaintiffs proved that Texas had “discriminatory intent."

The District Court will have an opportunity to determine the Fifth Circuit Court’s instructions and issue a new ruling on the question of intentional racial discrimination.



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