National Urban League Applauds Resounding Defeat of Texas Voter ID Law by 5th Circuit Court

July 20 2016

WASHINGTON, DC (July 20, 2016) – National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial today issued the following statement after a federal court ruled struck down Texas’ discriminatory voter ID law:

“Today, we celebrate a big win for voting rights in the state of Texas, where the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, en banc, ruled that the state’s voter ID law violates section 2 of the Voting Rights Act—thus discriminating against minority voters.

“This victory ensures the right of 1.2 million Texas voters, many of which are Black and Latino, whose rights were previously threatened by the state’s enactment of this regressive law.  We are especially heartened that through this ruling Texas’ voter ID law cannot and will not be enforced in the upcoming presidential election, where much is at stake for people of color.

“The National Urban League congratulates those who fought hard to secure this critical victory today, and applauds the team of attorneys that successfully litigated this case.  We are encouraged by this outcome and will not rest until every discriminatory voting law in this nation is overturned.”

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