The Texas State Legislature took necessary steps to combat voter fraud in a bill signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott this summer. In America, you’re required to have an I.D. to go on an airplane, open a bank account, drive a car, and enter a government building. So why shouldn’t you have to show an I.D. when voting?
Sadly, U.S. District Court Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos in Corpus Christi disagreed, and tossed out the state’s voter I.D. law, claiming it was “enacted with discriminatory intent—knowingly placing additional burdens on a disproportionate number of Hispanic and African-American voters.”
Apparently, simply asking voters to prove who they are is inherently racist. Outrageous! How does this violate the Voting Rights Act and the Constitution?
The Statesman reports:
A federal judge Wednesday tossed out the Texas voter ID law, granting a permanent injunction barring the state from enforcing the original 2011 law as well as a version with looser restrictions that was signed into law this summer.
U.S. District Judge Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos of Corpus Christi ruled that the law violates the Voting Rights Act and the U.S. Constitution because it was “enacted with discriminatory intent — knowingly placing additional burdens on a disproportionate number of Hispanic and African-American voters.”
The changes recently adopted by the Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott were insufficient to cure the discriminatory intent and effect of the original law even though it allowed voters to present an expanded list of IDs, Ramos ruled.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said he will appeal the ruling, calling it “outrageous.”
“Safeguarding the integrity of elections in Texas is essential to preserving our democracy,” he said.
In her ruling, Ramos dismissed arguments from Paxton and officials with the Trump administration’s Department of Justice who said the changes recently adopted by the Legislature were sufficient to protect voting rights.
This is a sunning example of judicial activism, and this liberal judge gave no guidance as to how a new version of a law would meet with her approval. This has nothing to do with the Constitution, and is instead about politics.
Democrats know that voter fraud helps their party, which is why they want to open the flood gates to all sorts of suspicious voter activity.
This is why President Trump’s Voter Integrity Commission is so important. Not only is voter fraud a real threat, but liberal judges are standing in the way of sensible reforms.
This is a breaking news story. We will have an update when more details are available.