United States court throws out Texas voter ID law supported by Trump

A decision by Ramos to return Texas to federal supervision would likely be appealed, and Hasen predicted the case would make its way to the Supreme Court.

So now that the law has been blocked - and ruled discriminatory on five occasions -what's next? It's not your fault.

The Texas secretary of state's website now says voters must show one of seven forms of approved voter ID.

Von Spakovsky also knocked the assumption that black and Hispanic voters are less capable than white voters of successfully fulfilling the most basic requirements of participatory democracy, such as obtaining identification. The law's opponents sued the state in federal court.

U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos said Senate Bill 5, signed by Gov. A circuit court affirmed the decision, but asked Ramos and the District Court for the Southern District of Texas to reexamine its discriminatory goal.

In her decision, Ramos wrote that the new law, known as SB 5, does not impact her finding that the legislature meant to discriminate against minority voters when it passed the original law, SB 14. Paxton plans to appeal that ruling as well. Since 2011, courts have ruled nine times that Texas intentionally discriminated against minority voters.

Ramos had temporarily softened the state's voter ID rules for the 2016 elections, and the new law somewhat followed her lead.

Federal judge throws out Texas voter ID law

"Thus the court has the power to enjoin SB 5 as a continuing violation of the law as determined in this case", she continued.

But Kristen Clarke, president of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, cheered the ruling saying that Judge Ramos was holding Texas accountable for its "pernicious conduct".

In the revised version, the Texas Legislature allowed voters who did not possess an approved ID were allowed to fill out a Declaration of Reasonable Impediment (DRI), explaining the reason they did not have an ID. On the form, it notes that those who lie about why they don't have an ID will be prosecuted for a state jail felony, which is punishable by up to two years in jail and a $10,000 fine. "These racist voter ID laws, in partnership with intentional gerrymandering, have rigged elections for far too long".

It's hard to say. "She's an Obama-appointed judge, and she's shown her ideological bias here in this latest ruling, as she has throughout this case". In 2014, she rejected the law as "an unconstitutional poll tax". Now, she'll move on what kinds of fixes her court can provide. In the face of legal challenges, the Texas GOP attempted to soften the law. If Texas was placed under this supervision, it would be a big deal. Over three rounds, Ramos has found that SB14 and SB5 not only discriminate against minorities but do so intentionally. But none of that has been determined. Ramos will decide how to proceed after taking their input.

Josh Blackman, a professor at South Texas College of Law, said the district judge's ruling does not come as a surprise. Paxton said the law had all the changes the 5th Circuit had requested.

But last July the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans asked the judge "to re-examine the decision" since the judges found that "some of the evidence used by the judge wasn't relevant". And the issue of whether Ramos will place the state back under pre-clearance is still up in the air. The group promised to support the law via amicus briefs before the Fifth Circuit. It's expected to use every legal resource at its disposal to keep fighting for a law, which it believes is legal.

Texas had spent at least $3.5 million defending SB 14 as of June 2016, according to the NAACP. So, stick around. We're not done with this yet.

Vanessa Coleman

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