Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals says Texas voter ID law violates Voting Rights Act

I’m getting really pissed at the Texas republican ruling class. They are doing everything they can to rig the system and implement new Jim Crow laws to stop Latinos and blacks from voting.Now they even passed a law that US citizen babies born in Texas of Latino moms are not getting birth certificates , based on mothers ID. All of these laws are blatant republican attempts to disenfranchise Latino US citizens in Texas. It’s time to start mobilizing and voting them out!😡Dallas Morning News:

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals says Texas voter ID law violates Voting Rights Act


Update: This post has been updated throughout.

AUSTIN – The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that Texas’ voter ID law violates the Voting Rights Act – but it also said the law is not a “poll tax.”

In an unanimous decision, a three-judge panel ruled that the controversial and Republican-backed measure violated Section 2 of the landmark civil rights law. The law has been part of a complicated legal battle for years.

But the victory was narrow win for opponents of the law. The judges also rejected a previous judge’s ruling that the law was passed with the intent to discriminate. The Fifth Circuit sent that portion of the lawsuit back to a U.S. district court.

The court wrote that, if the lower court finds in its review of the case that the voter ID Law only violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, it should find a solution that can still reduce the risk of in-person voter fraud and satisfy the legislative intent of the voter ID law.

“Simply reverting to the system in place before SB 14’s passage would not fully respect these policy choices – it would allow voters to cast ballots after presenting less secure forms of identification like utility bills, bank statements, or paychecks,” the court wrote in a 49-page opinion.

Texas could appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, or the state also could ask the full 5th Circuit to review the case. But now, a fight over what exactly the complicated ruling means is more imminent.