On Wednesday a federal court destroyed the controversial Texas voter identification law by granting an injunction that bars state officials from enforcing the measure.
U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos gave the bad news to Texas lawmakers after ruling that the law was put in place to deliberately racially discriminate against black and Hispanic voters.
According to Ramos, the law violates the Voting Rights Act and the 14th and 15th Amendments of the Constitution.
“The court has found that the SB 5 [Declaration of Reasonable Impediment] process does not fully relieve minorities of the burden of discriminatory features of the law,” Ramos wrote.
“Thus the court has the power to enjoin SB 5 as a continuing violation of the law as determined in this case,” she continued. “The court thus issues injunctive relief to prevent ongoing violations of federal law and the recurrence of illegal behavior.”
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) responded to the Wednesday ruling saying that he will appeal the ruling. He argues that state lawmakers sufficiently changed the law to remove any discriminatory features.
“The U.S. Department of Justice is satisfied that the amended voter ID law has no discriminatory purpose or effect,” he said in a statement. “Safeguarding the integrity of elections in Texas is essential to preserving our democracy. The 5th Circuit should reverse the entirety of the district court’s ruling.”