As soon as the Voting Rights Act's federal oversight provisions were weakened in 2013, then-Governor Rick Perry scurried to sign Texas' draconian 2011 Voter ID Law, which would not fly under the original Voting Rights Act provisions, into statute in an effort to suppress minority voting in our state. In 2014, the law was struck down by a District Court but remained in effect due to the proximity of elections.
Yesterday, a three-judge panel from the Fifth Circuit Court ruled that the law does discriminate against minority voters.
Governor Abbott plans to keep fighting for the law.
We will have to keep fighting for voting rights for all citizens. This was a victory, but a small one.