A federal court in Texas has struck down the strict photo-ID law the state had in place which required voters to prove their identity before casting a ballot in the 2016 elections.The law, which made it mandatory for voters to provide a driver’s license, photo-ID, or passport before voting prevented nearly 600,000 folks who were registered from casting their ballot.
TheBlaze reports, That law was found to be “racially discriminatory” last month by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals because it made it more difficult for minority groups to vote.The new ruling states that voters without these IDs can sign a declaration that they have a “reasonable impediment” to obtaining one, and then show an alternative form of identification to vote.
Forms of ID such as a voter registration certificate, driver’s license or personal ID card from any state, utility bill, government check, paycheck or any other government document that displays the voter’s name and address are allowed.
More from the Lawyers’ Committee For Civil Rights:The Texas ruling is part of a string of recent court decisions — in Kansas, North Carolina, North Dakota, and Wisconsin — rolling back or striking down voting restrictions ahead of the November election. Across the board, courts ruled that states passed restrictive laws with “surgical precision” to exclude certain voters, including minorities, students, and the elderly.
Still, 15 states have new restrictive voting laws in place for the first time in a presidential election in 2016. Texas remains on that list because the voter ID requirement remains more burdensome than what was in place for the 2012 election.
Three federal courts ruled that Texas’ law violated Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act “by denying African-American and Latino voters an equal opportunity to cast a ballot.” The law was challenged in 2013 by the Texas State Conference of the NAACP and the Mexican American Legislative Caucus of the Texas House of Representatives.This is a huge victory for liberals, as it blasts the door wide open for them to usher in illegals to vote at the polls come November.
There’s nothing racist at all about demanding someone to prove their identity and to ensure they are a lawful citizen of the United States. If we have to show an ID to board an airplan, drink a beer, or operate a vehicle, why not to vote as well?
Voter ID laws help prevent voter fraud and help protect the integrity of our election system — well, what little of it is left that is.[Note: This article was written by Michael Cantrell]