Before the 15 judge U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, LDF’s Associate Director-Counsel, Janai Nelson, brilliantly laid out the argument that Texas’ voter ID law intentionally discriminates against minority voters. In two minutes she showed why: 1) SB 14’s proponents selected photo IDs that Blacks and Latinos were least likely to possess and purposefully rejected several secure but less discriminatory forms of ID, 2) a complex cocktail of procedural departures enabled SB 14’s passage and 3) During the 82nd session, Texas legislators not only made repeated references to illegal aliens, linked immigration to leprosy, and proffered unfounded allegations of non-citizen voting and voter fraud, they engaged in intentional racial discrimination in redistricting. Now we wait for the court’s decision.
Listen to the LDF Associate Director-Counsel Janai Nelson’s argument here starting at time mark 39:50.
- The Economist: The Fire Next Time (May 26, 2016)
- Dallas Observer: Stephen Young, Texas Voter ID Law Gets Last Local Vetting Before Heading to Bigger Things (May 25, 2016)
- MSNBC: Zachary Roth, Federal Court Hears Challenge to Texas Voter ID Law (May 24 2016)
- Yahoo! News: Is Texas’s Strictest-in-the-Nation Voter ID Law Discriminatory? (May 24, 2016)
- The Texas Tribute: Jim Malewitz, In High-Profile Case, Texas Defends Its Voter ID Law (May 24, 2016)
- The Charlotte Observer: Kevin MCGill, US Appeals Court Revisits Texas Voter ID Law (May 24, 2016)
- Courthouse News Service: Sabrina Canfield, Texas Voter ID Law Scrutinized by 5th Circuit (May 24, 2016)
- The Washington Post: Robert Barnes, Federal Court Questions Whether Texas Voter-ID Law Can Offer Accommodations (May 24, 2016)