If that wasn’t enough, they consistently defiled the Voting Rights Act and are destined to take their case to the U.S. Supreme Court in hopes they can officially gut the Voting Rights Act once and for all. But the Voting Rights Act, one of the most important civil rights laws in our nation, was built precisely so that states could not recklessly develop election laws that would disregard the rights of its black, Latino and Asian citizens. Voter intimidation groups like True the Vote worked aggressively to have a strict photo voter ID law passed in Texas and I hope they are taking note of the judge’s opinion for why he denied the law. I also hope states like Pennsylvania, that aren’t subject to the Voting Rights Act Section 5 but have passed strict voter ID laws, will take note and understand how these laws are impacting the democratic rights of the citizens they are supposed to be protecting….
To satisfy section 5’s effect requirement, Texas must demonstrate that SB 14 will not “lead to a retrogression in the position of racial minorities with respect to their effective exercise of the electoral franchise.” Beer v. United States, 425 U.S. 130, 141 (1976). For the reasons set forth in this opinion, we find that Texas has failed to make this showing—in fact, record evidence demonstrates that, if implemented, SB 14 will likely have a retrogressive effect.
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