New Texas voter ID law discriminates, federal judge rules

Source: CNN

“A federal district court judge granted a permanent injunction against Texas’ voter ID law Wednesday, holding that the state acted with discriminatory intent. Attorney General Ken Paxton called the ruling ‘outrageous’ and vowed to appeal the decision with the 5th Circuit. The ruling is the latest loss for Texas on the issue of voting rights. A federal court blocked Texas voter ID law Senate Bill 14 during the 2016 election, and a second measure — SB 5 — was put into place that allowed voters who had no photo ID to vote by signing a declaration. Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos of the Southern District of Texas said Wednesday that the second law, signed by Gov. Greg Abbott in June, was an improvement but fell ‘far short of mitigating the discriminatory provisions of SB 14.’ She wrote that using a declaration trades one obstacle for another one that threatens severe penalties for perjury.” [editor’s note: Whenever I’ve voted, I’ve had to sign a register, presumably with a legal penalty if I’m lying about who I am. What’s different or more onerous about this “declaration?” – TLK] (08/23/17)