Austin, TX – Yesterday, federal District Court Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos granted a permanent injunction preventing Texas from enforcing its original 2011 voter ID law, S.B. 14, as well as S.B. 5, an updated version that was signed into law this summer.
Mario Carrillo, State Director for America’s Voice: Texas issued the following statement:
The ruling from Judge Gonzalez Ramos marks the fifth time in which a federal court has ruled that the 2011 voter ID law is discriminatory against voters of color and the eighth time a court has found intentional discrimination against voters of color by the Texas legislature.
Just last week, a federal court found that three Texas congressional districts had been drawn in a manner that disenfranchises Texan voters of color and ordered the legislature to redraw the maps.
Gov. Greg Abbott and his cronies Attorney General Ken Paxton and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick have continued their attacks against our state’s communities of color with discriminatory laws that prevent us from voting, and laws like SB4 which will encourage law enforcement agents to racially discriminate.
We will continue working with leaders across the state to ensure that all voters in Texas are empowered to exercise their constitutional rights; to push back against policies that are meant to criminalize immigrants; and to work to ensure that Texas is a welcoming state that serves as an example for the rest of the country.