A US District Court dismissed a lawsuit challenging Texas’ Voter ID law.
The dismissal stems from the Fifth Circuit’s decision in April that Senate Bill 5 was an “effective remedy” to the 2011 law which was challenged by the Obama administration.
“I’m proud of the successful fight my office waged to defend Texas’ voter ID law,” said Paxton in a statement. “With this major legal victory, voter ID requirements remain in place going forward to prevent fraud and ensure that election results accurately reflect the will of Texas voters.”
SB 5 was crafted by lawmakers in 2017 who were responding to issues brought up by the Fifth Circuit, which had backed arguments by the Obama administration against the original version of the law, SB 14.
Under SB 5, which was signed by Gov. Abbott in June 2017, voters must sign a sworn declaration stating why they couldn’t obtain a photo ID if they vote without one of seven different types of ID, and perjury is punishable by two years of prison.
SB 5 was challenged by U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos in Aug. 2017, who had thrown out SB 14 in 2014. This time, however, the Fifth Circuit sided with Texas.
“Safeguarding the integrity of our elections is a primary function of state government and is essential to preserving our democratic process,” Paxton added.
Trump’s Justice Dept. said it was satisfied that SB 5 “eradicates any discriminatory effect or intent” and is “constitutionally and legally valid.”