When Texas voters head to the polls in November, the state’s five-year-old voter ID law will no longer be on the books as it was passed by the legislature in 2011.
“It’s a great day for voting rights, it’s a great day for all Texas voters,” said Manny Garcia, executive director of the Texas Democratic Party. “The Texas Voter ID law has held back from 600,000 Texans who were registered to vote but didn’t have the required strict ID necessary,” he added.
The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals struck the heart of the law down today, ordering the lower court to write up some interim rules.
Governor Greg Abbott wasn’t happy, saying in a statement that the court “wrongly concluded the law had a discriminatory effect. Voter fraud is real, and it undermines the integrity of the election process.”