August 5, 2015
The following is a joint statement issued by the Texas Senate Democratic Caucus following the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals finding that the “Voter ID” legislation violates the Voting Rights Act:
We as lawmakers bear the responsibility to ensure that every voter counts.
For years the Senate Democratic Caucus has called the so-called “Voter ID” law passed during the 82nd legislative session discriminatory and burdensome.
Our position is finally vindicated by the findings of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that the “Voter ID” legislation violates the Voting Rights Act.
“This ruling provides an opportunity for Texas to focus on ensuring access to polls rather than
suppressing it,” said Sen. Kirk Watson, chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus. “For too long, those in control of the Capitol have pitted the right to vote against the integrity of the voting process. We can have both.”
Texas can do better. It’s time for the legislature to focus on increasing access to the polls instead of hindering it. Let’s move forward together to an election process that is accessible, legitimate, and fair for every voter.
The Texas Senate Democratic Caucus is Sen. John Whitmire of Houston, Sen. Judith Zaffirini of Laredo, Sen. Rodney Ellis of Houston, Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr. of Brownsville, Sen. Royce West of Dallas, Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa of McAllen, Sen. Carlos Uresti of San Antonio, Sen. Kirk Watson of Austin, Sen. Jose Rodriguez of El Paso, Sen. Sylvia Garcia of Houston, and Sen. Jose Menendez of San Antonio.