A federal judge on Thursday blocked Texas from enforcing voter ID requirements just weeks ahead of the November elections, knocking down a law that the U.S. Justice Department condemned in court as the state’s latest means of suppressing minority turnout.
The ruling by U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos of Corpus Christi is a defeat for Republican-backed photo ID measures that have swept across the U.S. in recent years and mostly been upheld in court. However, the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday night blocked Wisconsin from implementing a law requiring voters to present photo IDs.
Gonzales Ramos, an appointee of President Barack Obama, never signaled during a two-week trial in September that she intended to rule on the Texas law — rebuked as the toughest of its kind in the U.S. — before Election Day. But the timing could spare an estimated 13.6 million registered Texas voters from needing one of seven kinds of photos identification to cast a ballot.
The Justice Department says more than 600,000 of those voters, mostly blacks and Hispanics, currently lack any eligible ID to vote.
Gonzales Ramos’ ruling says the law “creates an unconstitutional burden on the right to vote, has an impermissible discriminatory effect against Hispanics and African-Americans, and was imposed with an unconstitutional discriminatory purpose.” It added that the measure: “constitutes an unconstitutional poll tax.”
Republican Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s office said it would appeal.
“The State of Texas will immediately appeal and will urge the Fifth Circuit to resolve this matter quickly to avoid voter confusion in the upcoming election,” said Lauren Bean, a spokeswoman for Abbott’s office.Gonzales Ramos is the racist here, because her ruling is typical of the racism we've seen from the Obama/Holder Racial Justice Department, they are always claiming to look out for the rights of a few citizens based on their race or ethnicity. Never mind that the ID applies to all, regardless of race, color, or ethnicity.
How many of these people get on an airplane, or buy liquor? You need an ID to verify who you are and your age. Is that racist?
Second of all, the Obama Regime and Holder are the biggest hypocrites when it comes to picture IDs. Go to the White House website and see that you need a photo ID to tour the White House.
If blacks are too poor to afford ID as well, then how come the NAACCP required ID to attend a speech given by the racist Eric Holder? Bigots!
The real reason is that Democrats use the lack of ID to commit voter fraud, and it all benefits Democrats.