A three-judge panel in Washington D.C. ruled unanimously against the law. According to the opinion of the court, the law will almost certainly have retrogressive effect. It imposes strict, unforgiving burdens on the poor, and racial minorities in Texas are disproportionately likely to live in poverty, the U.S. District Court ruled.
In the past, voters were required by Texas’ election code to show one of the following acceptable forms of identification: voter registration card, birth certificate, drivers license, U.S. passport, citizenship papers, mail addressed to the person from a government entity, any form of photo ID or any other form of identification prescribed by the secretary of state.
Jose Luis Zelaya, curriculum and instruction graduate student, said he was happy when the law was blocked and said people from low socioeconomic status would not have been able to vote if it wasn’t.
“There are a lot of issues with the fact that their voice was trying to be taken away,” Zelaya said. “People that are either low socioeconomic status or people that are minorities usually tend to vote in a certain way. This will hurt one type of party and it’s also an attack on democracy and people who want to have their voice heard.”
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