Yet another blow to maintaining voter integrity as an Obama-appointed federal judge just stuck down a Texas voter ID law on Wednesday. The reason? Well, it was considered discriminatory, of course. The Washington Times reports:
...U.S. District Court Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos of the Southern District of Texas said the state’s “SB 5” law did not meet requirements set forth from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after it had ruled in 2014 against an earlier voter ID law “SB 14.”
Judge Ramos, an appointee of President Obama who also had initially struck down SB 14, ruled Wednesday that the rewritten law did nothing to cure the previous issues of racial animus, and she issued an injunction that prevents the law from taking effect.
“SB 5 perpetuates the selection of types of ID most likely to be possessed by Anglo voters and, disproportionately, not possessed by Hispanics and African-Americans,” Judge Ramos wrote in the 27-page opinion for the court.
She said the new law didn’t “meaningfully expand the types of photo IDs that can qualify, even though the Court was clearly critical of Texas having the most restrictive list in the country.”
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton quickly promised to appeal Wednesday’s ruling, calling it “outrageous.”
"Senate Bill 5 was passed by the people’s representatives and includes all the changes to the Texas voter ID law requested by the 5th Circuit," Paxton stated in a press release. He then called on the 5th Circuit to reverse the district court's ruling.
The key here is for President Trump to fill the three current vacancies on the 5th Circuit.
"Those new appointments could very well make the difference when this case returns (as it ultimately will) to the 5th Circuit," said South Texas State College professor Josh Blackman.