Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton

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Paxton Declares Victory As Judge Dismisses Challenges To Voter ID Law

September 18, 2018 - 10:50 am

By Chris Fox

US District Judge Nelva Gonzales-Ramos dismissed all the legal challenges to the state’s new Voter ID law.

Back in 2017, the same judge found the state’s 2011 voter ID law, which limited the forms of ID to just 7, and the new one just passed by the State Legislature were both enacted with discriminatory intent against black and Hispanic voters. The state appealed the decision and by a 2-to-1 vote the 5th Circuit Court panel of judges upheld the newest Voter ID law, overruling the decision by Gonzales-Ramos.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office released a statement calling the decision a final victory for the state’s new Voter ID law passed in 2017. Paxton’s spokesman Marc Rylander calls this a 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.”

Despite losing the decision the civil rights groups that filed the lawsuits are also taking some credit. The Mexican American Legislative Caucus was one of the plaintiffs. Their Attorney, Jose Garza says the Judge’s latest decision was a mere formality and their legal action led to the rejection of the stricter 2011 Voter ID law. “The state is (now) required to have a reasonable impediment affidavit so that people who don’t have a recognized photo ID can still vote.”