Federal judge throws out 'discriminatory' Texas voter ID law 'root and branch'

Dec 2015
In Your Heart!
KUDOS to the Federal Judge in issuing this much needed and sensible ruling! The discrimination that exists in Texas and elsewhere to keep minority voters from voting must stop. This will serve as a good example and precedent for other states to become very aware of and hopefully follow as they should do. We've got to put an end to the Republican penchant to try to keep minorities from voting by making it harder for them.


Federal judge throws out 'discriminatory' Texas voter ID law 'root and branch'
By Kerry Eleveld


"A federal judge delivered a decisive one-two punch Wednesday to Texas Republicans, issuing a permanent injunction on two Texas voter ID laws—the original 2011 law, SB14, and SB5, in which the Texas GOP tried to remedy the original law by loosening its restrictions."
"U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos of Corpus Christi wrote:

"...the only appropriate remedy for SB14's discriminatory purpose or discriminatory result is an injunction against enforcement of that law and SB5, which perpetuates SB14's discriminatory features. With respect to the VRA § 2 discriminatory purpose finding, elimination of SB14 "root and branch" is required, as the law has no legitimacy."
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Sep 2014
This ruling will be pretty much DOA on appeal to the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. There is no discriminatory purpose to the law. The DOJ had also stated that there is no discriminatory purpose to the law. Texas amended the law with Senate Bill 5 to comply with the Fifth Circuit's requested changes and the Fifth Circuit has already sent it back to District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos for lack of a legitimate basis for her ruling. This is perfect example of an activist judge.

Worst case scenario is a panel agrees with Ramos, then it will be appealed en banc, then on to the Supreme Court regardless of who wins at the Fifth Circuit. Supreme Court precedent favors Texas, and by the time it would reach the Supreme Court, there will more than likely be at least one new justice.
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