At a time when leaders of both political parties are uniting to reform our criminal justice system, this veto is a failure of leadership. The legislature should override the veto and give these citizens a second chance.
Texas's strict photo ID requirement discriminates against African-American and Latino voters in violation of the Voting Rights Act and the Constitution, imposes an unconstitutional burden on the right to vote, and is an unconstitutional poll tax.
Texas’s strict photo ID law violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act and was passed by the Texas Legislature with intent to discriminate, argues a brief filed today in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
To mark the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, members of Congress today reintroduced a bipartisan bill to strengthen and restore the law’s core protection, which the U.S. Supreme Court gutted in 2013.
In a unanimous ruling, the state Supreme Court ruled the ID law violated the state constitution by imposing an additional "qualification" to voting. With this law blocked, 21 states will now have new restrictions in place since the 2010 election.