WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement on a federal judge’s ruling today that Texas’ voter ID law intentionally discriminates against the state’s voters of color:
“Today’s ruling is an important victory for voting rights and those who fight for them every day. Despite the Trump administration’s reversal of a longstanding DOJ position that Texas engaged in intentional race discrimination in enacting its voter ID law, the court today threw out both the 2011 law and the 2017 version that did not fix the original law’s racially discriminatory purpose. This ruling is just the latest in a series of important victories for voting rights. It’s time for Congress to finally act to restore the Voting Rights Act, and put an end to these kinds of efforts that deny voters of color access to the ballot.”
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its 200-plus member organizations, visit www.civilrights.org.