Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Texas May Pass a New Voter ID Law to Get Past Democrat Judge

A Federal Judge sided again today with plaintiffs in the long legal battle over Texas' Voter ID law.

This time, the U.S. Department of Justice joined the group of Texas voters challenging the State’s law, arguing Texas Election officials were misleading voters about Court-ordered changes to the law.

According to lawyers in the case, during a hearing for that motion, U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos ordered State officials to do a better job of communicating the changes she ordered several weeks ago.

Chad Dunn, one of the Attorneys representing the plaintiffs in the Voter ID case, says he doesn’t understand why the State deviated from language both sides had previously agreed upon.

The State will need to make it clear to voters that, if they had trouble getting an Voter ID, they can still vote. That’s if they present a paycheck or utility bill and sign a document saying they had a “reasonable impediment” to obtaining an Voter ID.

Plaintiffs and Federal Justice officials claimed in their motion that the State’s materials said that option was limited to people who simply “could not” get a Voter ID.

These changes were ordered by a Federal Court after the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the State’s law made it harder for minorities to vote. These changes are an interim remedy for the November Presidential election.

Ramos will also decide whether to do something about Election officials who have threatened to investigate people who sign one of those “reasonable impediment” forms.

Dunn says today's decision was a "victory for voters."

But during an appearance on Laura Ingraham’s radio show, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick says the Texas Legislature will try to pass a new Voter ID law in the next session. “I was one of the authors of our photo voter ID law that the court struck down,” he says. “We have a judge, a Democrat who’s just eviscerating our photo voter ID. We’re going to have to pass it again come January when we go back into session.”

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